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Three new requirements taking effect in 2016 that you should know about.

1. New VHF Radios with Direct Selective Calling (DSC)
By January 20th 2016, all commercial fishing vessels 300GT and greater must replace existing VHF radios with VHF radios with (DSC) capability. View Public Notice.

Vessel operating only in Alaska waters are exempt from this requirement (see the Public Notice to learn more about this requirement)

The DSC radio must be programmed with the Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number and vessel information. When connected to a GPS these new radios can send the vessels location automatically. Vessels that are not required to have a GPS are not mandated to have one in order to make that feature on the radio functional. Many vessels do have a GPS or plotting system and it is recommended that the proper connection to the DSC be made if possible.

THIS ITEM HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITLY 2. Survival craft that allow any part of a person body to be immersed in water no longer allowed
By February 26th, 2016 vessels operating beyond 3 miles from shore that currently are required to carry either a life float or rigid buoyant apparatus, will no longer be able to use either. These vessels will now be required to carry at a minimum an inflatable buoyant apparatus. Vessels that operate inside 3 miles from shore may be allowed to continue to carry such devices (we are waiting to see what the language we get from congress in the upcoming Coast Guard Authorization Act). (See Policy Letter)

3. Automatic Identification System (AIS)
By March 1, 2016, self propelled commercial fishing vessels, fish tender vessel and fish processing vessels that are 65 feet or greater are required to have installed either a Class A or Class B (AIS) in accordance with (33 CFR 164.46(b)(1)(i)). If you have questions please refer to the USCG Navigation Center website at here.

4. Requirement to Submit a Notice of Arrival
By April 30th 2016 vessels greater than 300 gross tons and all vessels coming from a foreign port must submit a Notice of Arrival (NOA) to the National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC). Below are the 3 options for submitting the notice:

  • Via the web at - http://www.nvmc.uscg.gov Click “Submit NOAD Online” button in upper right corner. If you don’t have a user name, create one.
  • Email - enoad@nvmc.uscg.gov.
  • Fax to - 1-800-547-8724 or 301-264-2684

Here is the information you need to include in the NOA? See the table 33 CFR 160.206. NOTE: "CDC" in the table is defined as Certain Dangerous Cargoes 33 CFR 160.204

When is my vessel a commercial fishing vessel?

It doesn't matter if your vessel is US documented or state registered, if you catch fish with the intent to sell them you are operating a commecial fishing vessel. Commercial fishing vessels are required to comply with the commercial fishing vessel safety regulations.

Click here to visit the Dockside Examinations page and use the "Checklist Generator" to obtain a checklist for your particular vessel and operations.

   
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