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August 18th, 2011

Coast Guard Proposes New Safety Management System

The Coast Guard published plans  to implement a new inspection process for towing vessels last week.  In the 76th volume of the Federal Register released on August 11, the Coast Guard posted their proposed rules.  They plan to finalize the regulations in four public meetings this fall.  The new system will have two options for obtaining safety certification.  Towing vessels will either implement a safety management system or submit to an annual inspection by the Coast Guard.  The Coast Guard hopes to make towing vessels safer and prevent accidents involving crew members with these rules.

The Coast Guard says it will collect information and data about towing vessel safety before proposing new regulations. The new Coast Guard proposals, and other regulations already in place, help to prevent casualties on vessels. The attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer, and Harris are familiar with towing vessel safety through their experience representing clients involved in towing accidents.

The maritime lawyers at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers represent persons injured in towing accidents and the families of victims in towing accidents.

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