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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC65 Publication ID: Fall 2020 
Title: Safety Management Systems for Domestic Passenger Vessels  

The Coast Guard is seeking public input on a possible rulemaking to create a new safety management system (SMS) for passenger and small passenger vessels. The Coast Guard is developing an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to request public comment on the scope, content, benefits, and costs of a possible SMS rule.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Prerule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 96   
Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 3202 and 3203    DHS Delegation No. 0170.1(92)(b)   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

To improve safety and reduce marine casualties on board U.S.-flagged passenger and small passenger vessels, the Coast Guard is evaluating the potential for a scoped Safety Management System (SMS) rulemaking.  Vessels transporting more than 12 passengers on foreign voyages are already required to have an SMS.  The Coast Guard will seek public input on the scope and content of a potential SMS requirement for other passenger and small passenger vessels, and will invite responses to specific questions on the feasibility and applicability of potential use on those vessels.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The Coast Guard will use the ANPRM to solicit public input to help develop estimates of the costs and benefits of any proposed regulation.

Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  12/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Poythress
Safety and Occupational Health Manager, CG-OES-2
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Stop 7509,
Washington , DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1386