AWO Pushes for Subchapter M Final Rule by Mid-2014

This article originally appeared on WorkBoat

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) pressed Congress Tuesday to get the long-awaited towing vessel inspection rule published before the current Coast Guard commandant’s watch is over next year.

Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. was four-year term began in mid-2010.

The rule offers a “historic opportunity to take safety in our industry to a new level,” much like the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA ’90) did for tankers, AWO president Thomas A. Allegretti told the House subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

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