Proposed T-Boat Rules Changes To Affect Lifesaving Equipment

The U.S. Coast Guard recently issued a proposed list of significant changes to regulations to improve the lifesaving equipment carried by T-boats (passenger boats less than 100 tons in weight operating in coastal waters). The changes were prompted by the advance of technology— construction with modern materials means larger and more sophisticated craft within the 100- ton limit. Modern T-boats can carry many more passengers than when the regulations were written.

Viking, manufacturer of lifesaving equipment, suggests that it is not too early for T-boat owners and operators to begin interpreting these proposed changes, so each specific type of equipment will comply. As one of the world's largest designers and manufacturers of marine oceangoing safety equipment, Viking offers the services of its knowledgeable staff and worldwide resources to help with individual interpretations.

The proposed rules state that, generally, all other vessels would have to comply with existing survival craft requirements, except that a vessel carrying more than 150 passengers on lake, bay, and sound routes within 1 mile of land in cold water, must have 100 percent (noninflatable) buoyant apparatus.

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