10/23/2017: Two policy letters published to address issues associated with testing of machinery alarms on small passenger vessels

Policy Letter 17-07: “Required Plan Review And Design Verification Testing On Small Passenger Vessels”assists vessel owners and operators of small passenger vessels and Officer(s) in Charge, Marine Inspection with the plan review and testing of propulsion control systems that use microprocessors. Policy Letter 17-08: “Inspection of Machinery Alarms on Small Passenger Vessels” interprets “test of machinery alarms” in 46 CFR 176.804(i) and 115.804(i) and clarifies the discretionary language for “additional testing or inspections deemed reasonable and necessary.”