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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AB46 Publication ID: Spring 2013 
Title: Lifesaving Equipment, Production Testing, and Harmonization With International Standards 
Abstract: The Coast Guard amended its regulations for certain lifesaving equipment, including launching appliances (winches and davits), release mechanisms, survival craft (lifeboats, inflatable life rafts, and inflatable buoyant apparatuses), rescue boats, and automatic disengaging devices. The current rule harmonizes the Coast Guard's design, construction, and performance standards for this lifesaving equipment with international standards. In addition, the rule provides for the use of qualified independent laboratories, instead of Coast Guard inspectors, during the approval process and for production inspections of certain types of lifesaving equipment. The Coast Guard additionally updated the lifesaving equipment regulations for inflatable life rafts and inflatable buoyant apparatuses to harmonize Coast Guard regulations with recently adopted international standards affecting assumed occupant weight. The Coast Guard is adopting further amendments to the lifesaving equipment regulations for release mechanisms to harmonize Coast Guard regulations with international standards affecting design, construction, and performance requirements for release mechanisms. 
Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 46 CFR 160   
Legal Authority: 46 USC 2103 and 2104    46 USC 3301    46 USC 3305 and 3306    46 USC 3703    46 USC 4102    46 USC 4302    46 USC 4502    DHS Delegation 0170.1, paragraph 92   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/31/2010  75 FR 53458   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/29/2010    
Interim Final Rule  10/11/2011  76 FR 62962   
SNPRM  10/11/2011  76 FR 62714   
SNPRM Comment Period End  11/25/2011  76 FR 62714   
Interim Final Rule Effective  10/10/2011  76 FR 62962   
Interim Final Rule  02/21/2012  77 FR 9859   
Interim Final Rule Effective  03/22/2012    
Second SNPRM  11/26/2012  77 FR 70390   
Second SNPRM Comment Period End  01/25/2013 
Final Rule  12/00/2013 
Additional Information: The docket number for this rulemaking is USCG-2010-0048 [Formerly USCG-2007-27669]. The docket can be found at
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Previously reported as 1625-AB15 
Agency Contact:
Jacqueline M. Yurkovich
Project Manager (CG-ENG-4)
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue SE., STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1389

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