Tag Archives: Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

Gulf Shrimpers at odds with new AIS rules

coast guardSome shrimp boat owners are seeking an exemption from federal vessel regulations that took effect May 1, alleging that new rules require installation of computer systems that can render vital existing navigation equipment ineffective. The fishermen would also like the rules, which grew out of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010, to be more closely examined before enforcement begins. Alleging that the rules were promulgated with Pacific Coast fisheries in mind, the Gulf of Mexico fishing interests say they are not only inapplicable to the Gulf, but can actually do the opposite of what they were intended to do, which was to keep fishermen safer. Kimberly Chauvin has formally asked for a waiver of requirements that vessels more than 65 feet in length use AIS systems for vessel identification when in federal waters. She also asked – on behalf of all commercial fishing vessels in the Gulf – that enforcement of new rules be halted and, if need be, rewritten. Two members of the Bayou Region’s congressional delegation – state Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves, R-Baton Rouge – have staff members working on facilitating the requests. Read the rest here 11:35

New classification rules for U.S. fishing vessels – DNV GL Tackles Safety through Standards

New classification rules for U.S. fishing vessels address safety issues through collaboration, new rules and an eye towards economy. With this in view, U.S. legislation requires that all new fishing vessels of at least 50 feet overall in length are to be built and maintained to classification rules. Read the rest here. For an excellent breakdown of this, (it’s expensive!) Read SAFE-BOAT SMART-BOAT: Time to grasp an understanding of new USCG safety requirements Click here  photo 15:56

Mandatory safety exams required for commercial fishing vessels-Bremerton Patriot

October 20, 2012 On October 16, 2012, the U.S. Coast Guard began implementing a requirement enacted as part of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 that certain commercial fishing vessels demonstrate full compliance with existing commercial fishing vessel safety standards by completing a mandatory safety examination at the dock. Read More. http://www.bremertonpatriot.com/news/175115291.html

If you have any questions about the new requirements please contact Mr. Dan Hardin at the 13th Coast Guard District office in Seattle at (206) 220-7226 or [email protected].