The USCG released the 2019 Flag State Control Domestic Annual Report. This report summarizes statistics and information regarding inspections and enforcement of regulations on U.S. flagged ships. The following are excerpts from Rear Admiral Richard V. Timme, USCG Assistanct Commandant for the Prevention Policy introduction to the 30-page document.
“In 2019, Coast Guard Marine Inspectors conducted 21,471 inspections on U.S. flagged vessels and identified 31,738 deficiencies. The Coast Guard is responsible for verifying that vessels comply with laws and regulations, and for ensuring that the overall safety net is functioning as designed. 2019 saw a continued focus on towing vessel subchapter M inspection. The Coast Guard is in the second year of the phase-in period. Towing vessels without a Certificate of Inspection after July 19, 2022, will not be able to conduct commercial operations and could be subject to civil penalties. This report provides transparency on the state of the domestic fleet and provides trends on the relationship between safety culture and safety performance. Industry’s continued embrace of safety culture is imperative to bolstering the integrity and efficiency of our maritime transportation system.”
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