Safety equipment deadlines for commercial fishing vessels are coming soon – so plan ahead!
The May issue of National Fisherman has a Boats & Gear column titled “Deadlines a-coming” in which Michael Crowley details the 4 safety deadlines that are coming into effect in the next 10 months for commercial fishing vessels. These deadlines are:
- October 15, 2015 – all commercial fishing vessels operating more than 3 miles offshore must have completed a dockside safety examination by the Coast Guard. If you’re found beyond 3 miles without a safety decal – the Coast Guard may order you back to port until you are in compliance with all of the applicable safety requirements.
- January 20, 2016 – all commercial fishing vessels over 300 gross tons must have upgraded their VHF radios to be equipped with Digital Selective Calling (DSC). This will allow someone on a vessel in distress to hit a “red button” to send out an emergency distress signal. If it is connected to a GPS – the vessel’s location will also be transmitted.
- February 16, 2016 – all commercial fishing vessels that are required to have survival craft must have craft that will keep people out of the water.
- March 20, 2016 – all commercial fishing vessels that are 65 feet in length or more (about 2,900 vessels) must have an Automatic Identification System transponder. This will allow a vessel’s location to be plotted on the electronic chart on other vessels to help prevent collisions.
The complete article can be found at this link.