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The Coast Guard had a little Christmas present for pas-
senger vessel operators, and while it wasn’t a stocking
full of coal, it did contain some lumps.
The long-awaited final weight rule
(
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download PDF file) published in mid-December means
that passenger-carrying vessels subject to stability
regulations must be reassessed to see just how much
of a load they should handle. The cost of stability tests
and the prospect of reduced passenger capacities will
likely affect operators’ bottom lines. (See 170.090
item (d), on page 20 of the PDF file.)
The recalculations were necessary thanks to the extra
pounds Americans have put on over the last 40 years.
The average passenger weight must now be figured at
185 lbs. rather than the previous 160 lbs. (Or 140 lbs.
for vessels operating in protected waters that carry a
mix of men, women and children.)
The rule took effect March 14, 2011. Vessel owners
will have until Dec. 1, 2011, to adjust their operations.
The industry suggested a five-year phase-in period. No
dice, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard said it appreciated the fact that ch
ters, ticket prices and business plans have long lead
times. Not all vessels will require new stability tests,
just updates or revisions of stability letters or certifi-
cates of inspection. Furthermore, the Coast Guard
said, it gave fair warning of the weight changes bac
2006, so operators should have had plenty of time t
prepare.
But the Coast Guard left some wiggle room saying it
realizes the time for all vessels to comply likely will
exceed the approximately one year compliance peri
“and documentation will be completed as available
resources permit.”
How much of a disruption the new rule will have on
passenger vessel operations remains to be seen. Bu
it’s fairly certain that naval architects and the Coast
Guard will have their hands full given the estimated
6,073 subchapter H, K or T passenger vessels affect
Source: “Workboat” December 22, 2010
New 185-lb. U.S. Coast Guard Passenger-Weight Rul