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Alternate Safety Compliance Programs
Four new requirements taking effect in 2016 that you should know about.
1. New VHF Radios with Direct Selective Calling (DSC)
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.
2. Survival craft that allow any part of a person body to be immersed in water no longer allowed
3. Automatic Identification System (AIS)
4. Requirement to Submit a Notice of Arrival
Mandatory Coast Guard exams now required for certain Commercial Fishing Vessels.
Commercial fishing vessels that operate beyond 3 nautical miles from the territorial sea baseline are required to get a dockside exam from the Coast Guard prior to engaging in a fishery.
Coast Guard units will be boarding vessels at sea to determine if they have already successfully completed a mandatory exam. Any vessel with a decal issued after Jan 1, 2013 are considered in compliance. Those that don't comply will be issued a warning and 30 days to come into compliance.
To get more information about preparing for your dockside exam Click here.
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.