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Input Sought on New Polar Ship Certificate

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Coast Guard is seeking public input by Dec. 22 on a proposal toadd a new Polar Ship Certificate to the list of existing certificates required to be carried on board all U.S. and foreign-flagged vessels subject to the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and operating in Arctic and Antarctic waters, generally above 60 degrees north latitude and below 60 degrees south latitude lines. Additionally, the Coast Guard is proposing to add this certificate to the list of SOLAS certificates that recognized classification societies are authorized to issue on behalf of the Coast Guard.

The proposed rule would apply to commercial cargo ships greater than 500 gross tons engaging in international voyages and passenger ships carrying more than 12 passengers engaging in international voyages, when these ships operate within polar waters as defined by the Polar Code.

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