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Federal Register Notice: User Fees for Inspected Towing Vessels

Dec. 28, 2023

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that we are updating the user fees for seagoing towing vessels that are 300 gross tons or more and revising user fees for other inspected towing vessels.

The Coast Guard is issuing these updates because we are required to establish and maintain a fair fee for vessel inspection services and to separate the fees for inspection options that involve third-party auditors and surveyors from inspection options that do not involve third parties.  Under this final rule, owners and operators of vessels using the Alternate Compliance Program, Streamlined Inspection Program, or the Towing Safety Management System options will pay a lower fee than vessels that use the traditional Coast Guard inspection option.

This final rule is effective March 27, 2024.

The full notice and associated documents are available at under docket number USCG-2018-0538.

For information about this document call or email Ms. Jennifer Hnatow, Coast Guard; telephone 202-372-1216, email

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