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New Coast Guard Fire Safety Reg’s for Small Passenger Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard is issuing interim regulations to implement new statutorily mandated requirements for fire safety on certain small passenger vessels. This follows the overnight fire on the dive boat CONCEPTION off the coast of California on September 2, 2019, during which 33 passengers and one crewman died. Per the below-linked notice appearing in the Federal Register on December 27, 2021, “This interim rule adds additional fire safety requirements for small passenger vessels, including fire detection and suppression systems, avenues of escape, egress drills, crew firefighting training, watchmen monitoring devices, and the handling of flammable items such as rechargeable batteries.”

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