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USCG publishes final rule on Notices of Arrival and AIS

USCG publishes final rule on Notices of Arrival and AIS
The US Coast Guard announced the publication of its final rule on Vessel Requirements for Notices of Arrival and Departure and Automatic Identification Systems.

This final rule amends the applicability of notice of arrival requirements to include additional vessels, sets a mandatory method for electronic submission of Notices of Arrival and modifies related reporting content, time frames and procedures.

Additionally, the final rule extends applicability of AIS requirements beyond Vessel Traffic Service areas to all US navigable waters and requires that additional commercial vessels install and use AIS.

USCG said these changes will improve navigation safety, enhance the Coast Guard's ability to identify and track vessels and heighten overall maritime domain awareness.

The final rule takes effect March 2, with certain noted exceptions.