The various Coast Guard re-authorization acts have additional regulations that are being phased in. At the end of this post is a link to the USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin that we summarized this information from. Some new regulations to pay attention to are:
- Mandatory Dockside Safety Examinations: By October 15, 2015 if you fish outside of 3 miles of the baseline territorial seas (remember there are new lines in many areas for the territorial seas) at least once every five years. If you fall in this category you must have the first exam by Oct. 15th.
- Survival Craft: As of February 16, 2016 the regulation for survival craft will read “a survival craft that ensures that no part of an individual is immersed in water . . . ” if you operate beyond 3 nautical miles of the boundary line.
For the following three categories, click on the link and view the information bulletin.
- Newly Built Vessels
- Load Lines
- Alternate Safety Program