The Coast Guard temporarily prevented two United States-flagged small passenger vessels from operating in commercial service after discovering substandard safety issues while conducting routine safety inspections aboard the vessels in San Diego and Los Angeles.
When vessels that are not in substantial compliance with applicable laws or regulations are identified, the Coast Guard imposes controls until the substandard conditions have been rectified and the vessels are brought into compliance.
Through the Commercial Vessel Inspection program, the Coast Guard verifies that U.S. flagged vessels operating in U.S. waters are complying with applicable U.S. laws, U.S. regulations and international conventions.
“Coast Guard inspectors are out in the field every day conducting inspections of small passenger vessels to ensure compliance with regulations through work with vessel owners and operators to reduce deaths and injuries, prevent loss of or damage to property or the marine environment and to minimize disruptions to maritime commerce,” said Capt. Greg Callaghan, the 11th Coast Guard District chief of prevention. “The Coast Guard’s mission is to ensure the safety of the American public.”