Uninspected Passenger Vessels Must Comply with Appropriate U.S. Laws and Regulations

The United States Coast Guard has issued a safety alert that advises any owners or operators of a commercially Uninspected Passenger Vessel, referred to as UPVs they must be in compliance with certain U.S. laws and regulations. The marine safety alert, titled Alert 01-12, states that the Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety became aware of instances where recreational boats have been manufactured and sold, but have not met federal construction requirements first. Some of these UPVs have been utilized to carry passengers for hire. This safety alert is advising any of the UPV operators that they must be aware that they must comply with appropriate U.S. laws and regulations.

The laws that apply to UPVs can be found at 46 U.S.C. 4105 (a). Recreational vessels are dealt with in 46 U.S.C. Chapter 43. Regulations based on these laws are found in 33 CFR Parts 181 and 183, and are the minimum safety requirements for recreational boat manufacturing.

The safety alert of the Coast Guard also states that it is the responsibility of U.S. Coast Guard License Masters who operate UPVs and passenger-for-hire operations to ensure compliance with all the federal requirements applicable to the vessel.

Our Miami based maritime and admiralty law firm continues to be safety advocates for those harmed at sea, involving all types of cruise ship and boating accidents, including accidents involving recreational watercraft.