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On November 13, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard published Policy Letter 23-05 which provides the first actual guidance for vessel owners and operators on the expectations for the surveillance equipment that they are required to install and maintain under the Safer Seas Act, which became law in December 2022 as part of the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2023. The requirement for surveillance equipment is codified in 46, U.S.C. § 4901. This new guidance from the USCG provides much needed answers to some of the questions that have kept vessel owners from taking action to comply with the surveillance requirements of the Safer Seas Act for fear of installing equipment that would later be considered non-compliant.

Read the full post on Liskow’s The Energy Law Blog by attorneys Jessie Shifalo, Kindall James, and Lance Bullock here.

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