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MSIB: Fire safety on small passenger vessels

April 12, 2023

The Coast Guard has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 05-23, Fire Safety on Small Passenger Vessels, which encourages owners and operators to do a self-assessment of the fire safety of their vessel(s).

The MSIB provides a checklist evaluating fire safety and emergency preparedness on board. MSIB 05-23 also announces that the Coast Guard has initiated a concentrated inspection campaign focused on fire safety aboard small passenger vessels. Some vessels initially certificated prior to 1996 that carry 100 or more passengers will be subject to in-service inspection to verify certain arrangements and procedures related to fire safety.

MSIB 05-23 is available at

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