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PASSENGER VESSEL SAFETY ACT WILL IMPROVE SAFETY OF PASSENGER AND CHARTER VESSELS

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993, signed into law by President Clinton on Dec. 20, 1993, will increase the level of safety on vessels that offer passenger and charter services, the U.S. Coast Guard said today.
 The act, which is already in effect, ensures that vessels offered for charter meet safety standards that are appropriate for commercial operation and requires that many charter vessels be brought under Coast Guard inspection for the first time.
 The Coast Guard noted that the act eliminates inconsistencies in the previous law concerning the description of passenger vessels and the definitions of passengers by providing clearer definitions for all passenger carrying vessels. This will make it easier for Coast Guard boarding officers, the public and charter boat operators to identify whether or not a charter boat is operating legally.
 Previously, there were six definitions for the term "passenger" that applied to six different types of vessels. This created confusion within the passenger vessel industry and frequently frustrated Coast Guard enforcement activities.
 The new law also closes loopholes used to circumvent safety standards. In the past, some vessel operators were known to use recreational boating standards when, in fact, they were engaged in commercial passenger business.
 The Passenger Vessel Safety Act of 1993 represents the cooperative effort of many passenger and charter vessel associations and the Coast Guard to clarify the limits of legal charter operations.
 For further information, contact Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters (G-MVI-1), Merchant Vessel Inspection and Documentation Division, 2100 Second St. S.W., Washington, D.C. 20593-0001 or telephone 202-267-1464.
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 /CONTACT: James O'Dell of the U.S. Coast Guard, 202-267-6491/


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