11/5/2018: Tankers-automatic pilot systems Final Rule published

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The Coast Guard published a Final Rule in the Federal Register that permits tankers with automatic pilot systems that meet certain international standards to operate using those systems in shipping safety fairways and traffic separation schemes specified in 33 CFR parts 166 and 167, respectively. This final rule removes the previous regulatory restriction, updates the technical requirements for automatic pilot systems, and promotes the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and stewardship missions by enhancing maritime safety.

This final rule is effective Dec. 5, 2018.

You may view comments and related material identified by docket number USCG-2015-0926 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal.

For full details, view the Federal Register notice  or contact Lt. Cmdr. Matthew J. Walter at 202-372-1565 or cgnav@uscg.mil.

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