Cargo securing manuals for certain vessels 

November 14: The U.S. Coast Guard today released for publication in the Federal Register a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking to require cargo securing manuals on vessels of 500 gross tons or more, traveling on international voyages and carrying cargo that is other than solid or liquid bulk cargo.

According to today's notice [PDF 362 KB], the proposed regulations would authorize recognized “classification societies” or other approval authorities to review and approve cargo securing manuals on behalf of the Coast Guard.


The proposed regulations would also prescribe when and how the loss or jettisoning of cargo at sea must be reported.


The aim of the proposed regulations would be to help fulfill U.S. treaty obligations and to help prevent or mitigate the consequences of vessel cargo loss.


Comments are due within 90 days after the notice is published in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for November 15, 2013.



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