Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi issues Captain of the Port order

Coast Guard District 8 NewsST. LOUIS — On Friday, the Coast Guard determined the motor vessel Gypsy Rose II was operating as a commercial passenger vessel without meeting numerous safety and construction standards required by the Coast Guard. Captain of the Port issued an order to the owner and operator of the Gypsy Rose II stating the vessel and crew must comply with applicable safety regulations before operating with paying passengers.

The Coast Guard requires commercial passenger vessels to meet minimum passenger safety standards, including:

  • Requirements for fire protection measures;
  • Emergency evacuation;
  • Life-saving equipment (such as approved lifejackets for adults and children);
  • Navigation safety equipment.


Additionally, the operator and crew of Coast Guard-regulated passenger vessels must:

  • Hold an appropriate, Coast Guard-issued mariner credential;
  • Be enrolled in an approved drug testing program;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in emergency procedures to include fire drills, steering failures and man-overboard situations.


“I am fully committed to ensuring the safety of all waterway users,” said Capt. Byron Black, commander of Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River. “I know that the vast majority of businesses operating on the rivers do so within the law and I will not tolerate unsafe operations.”

Information about the Coast Guard’s small passenger vessel safety program can be found at:


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