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COAST GUARD ISSUES NEW MARITIME RADIO RULES TO CUT OIL POLLUTION

COAST GUARD ISSUES NEW MARITIME RADIO RULES TO CUT OIL POLLUTION
 WASHINGTON, April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coast Guard published a final rule in today's "Federal Register" that will require some power-driven vessels, foreign and domestic, in U.S. waters to carry radios that can receive safety warnings and communicate with other vessels.
 All vessels longer than 66 feet, tugs or towing vessels longer than 26 feet, passenger vessels more than 100 gross tons and most dredges must be equipped with radios that can operate on the Coast Guard frequency, VHF-FM channel 22A.
 Vessels operating in the lower Mississippi River will also have to monitor VHF-FM channel 67 to talk with other ships. The rule is mandated by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.
 Most U.S. vessels are currently equipped with these radios, which sell for around $200, but about half of the 6,000 foreign vessels visiting U.S. waters each year are not.
 The rule takes effect 120 days after publication. Copies may be obtained by called 202-267-6740 or by faxing a request to 202-267-4624.
 For additional information, call Lt. Cmdr. Paul Jewell, Oil Pollution Act staff, at 202-267-6746, or write Commandant (G-MS-1), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second St., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20593-0001.
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 /CONTACT: Nicholas Sandifer of the Coast Guard, 202-267-0930/ CO: Coast Guard ST: District of Columbia IN: MAR SU:


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