Coast Guard publishes notice of proposed rulemaking for inspection of towing vessels

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) designed to improve safety on towing vessels. The NPRM provides a layered approach to towing vessel safety that includes the option of an audited safety management system or an annual Coast Guard inspection regime.  The NPRM also includes procedures for obtaining...