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Final Rule – Update to electrical engineering regulations

March 17, 2023

The Coast Guard published a Final Rule in the Federal Register on March 16, 2023, to update the electrical engineering regulations for commercial vessels in 46 CFR Subchapter J, Parts 110-113. 

The final rule updates the standards incorporated by reference (IBR) in both 46 CFR 110.10-1 and all of the sections in Subchapter J that reference the updated IBR standards.  More specifically, this final rule incorporates more recent editions of many standards, incorporates by reference additional standards for certain topics, and removes IBR standards that are no longer actively used by industry.  Due to technological advances, it is necessary to update the current standards to ensure modern technologies are addressed in the regulations.  In addition, the final rule amends regulations regarding electrical generator prime movers in 46 CFR 111.12, electrical cable construction in 46 CFR 111.60, hazardous area classification in 46 CFR 111.105, and allows use of emergency generators in port in 46 CFR 112.05. 

This final rule is effective April 17, 2023.   

The full notice is available on the Federal Register under docket number USCG–2020–0075.

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