Towing vessel inspection rule meetings set

In August, the Coast Guard released its long-awaited towing vessel inspection proposed rule. The new rule will require, for the first time, that towing vessels undergo regular inspections. The will cover about 5,200 vessels operated by over 1,000 companies and cost operators an estimated $14 million to $18 million annually over a 10-year phase-in period.

On Sept. 9, the Coast Guard announced the times and locations for four planned public meetings on the towing vessel inspection notice of proposed rulemaking.

The meetings will be held at the following locations:

Oct. 18: Newport News, Va., at the Point Plaza Suites at City Center, 950 J. Clyde Morris Blvd.

Oct. 24: St. Louis, at the Crowne Plaza Downtown, 200 N. Fourth Street.

Oct. 26: Kenner, La., at the Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport, 2829 Williams Blvd.

Nov. 16: Seattle, at Hotel 1000, 1000 First Avenue.

The meetings will all begin at 9 a.m. and end after all attendees that wish to make public comments have had a chance to speak (but no later than 5 p.m. You can read the notice announcing the meetings at the Federal Register website.

The public comment period ends Dec. 9.


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