Dockside safety exams to be mandatory, Coast Guard says

Associated PressSeptember 11, 2012 

Commercial fishing vessels operating more than three miles from the territorial sea baseline will have to complete a mandatory Coast Guard dockside safety examination by Oct. 16.

The Coast Guard says the free exams are a regulatory change stemming from the passage by Congress of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.

The Coast Guard says if discrepancies are found, vessel owners will be issued a work list and a deadline to correct them.

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