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DHS/USCG RIN: 1625-AC64 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Towing Vessel Firefighting Training  

The rule would amend the regulations in 46 CFR part 11 subpart B, which contain the general requirements for obtaining national and STCW officer endorsements. The rule would revise 46 CFR 11.201(h)(3) to provide mariners with the option of completing a modified Coast Guard approved basic firefighting course to meet the requirements for a national officer endorsement as master or mate of towing vessels on western rivers or inland waters. The rule would eliminate the need to complete training using certain firefighting equipment that is not required to be carried on towing vessels that operate on inland waters western rivers routes. The rule would also provide Coast Guard approved training providers with the opportunity to submit a course approval request for a modified basic firefighting course that eliminates training on equipment that is not required to be carried aboard towing vessels operating on inland waters and western rivers routes. This project would provide a cost savings because mariners who take a modified Coast Guard approved basic firefighting course would be able to take a shorter and less expensive course than the basic firefighting course.  This rule is consistent with Executive Order 14058, which directs agencies to take actions that improve service delivery and customer experience by decreasing administrative burdens, enhancing transparency, and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government.

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 11.201   
Legal Authority: 46 U.S.C. 7101(c)    14 U.S.C. 102(3) and 503   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/01/2021  86 FR 48925   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/01/2021 
Final Rule  09/00/2023 
Additional Information: Docket number USCG-2020-0492.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James D. Cavo
Marine Transportation Specialist
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Coast Guard
Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing (CG-MMC-2), 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, STOP 7509,
Washington, DC 20593-7509
Phone:202 372-1205