The Coast Guard announces the publication of a correction notice for the Inspection of Towing Vessels final rule published on June 20, 2016. The Coast Guard is issuing this correction notice to correct three dates that were listed incorrectly in the original rule. These corrections align these sections with the final rule’s amended definition of “new towing vessel” and the delayed implementation of most requirements in parts 143 and 144.
7/7/2016: Policy for credentialing officers of towing vessels
The Coast Guard announced the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels.
6/20/2016: Publication of subchapter M: Inspection of towing vessels
Today, the Coast Guard published subchapter M of title 46 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, which establishes new regulations and requirements for owners and operations of tows and towing vessels.
6/10/2016: Update on Subchapter M from the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise
Today, the Office of the Federal Register posted notice of the Subchapter M rule to the public inspection webpage. Once published, Subchapter M will establish safety regulations governing the inspection and standards of towing vessels, while providing a safety management system compliance option.
1/21/2016: Offshore supply vessels, towing vessel and barge engine rating watches
The Coast Guard published a direct and final rule to the Federal Register to amend merchant regulations to allow oilers, serving on certain vessels, to be divided into at least two watches.