USCG reminder to facilitate shore access

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The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin reminding facility owners and operators that they must implement a system for providing access through the facility that enables individuals to transit to and from a moored vessel in accordance with guidelines found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 33 CFR 105.237. Access procedures must be documented in the Facility Security Plan for each facility and approved by the local Captain of the Port. A system for seafarers’ shore access must be documented in your Facility Security Plan (FSP) on or before February 3, 2020. The facility owner/operator must implement their Coast Guard approved seafarers’ access system by June 1, 2020. Coast Guard enforcement of the Seafarers’ Access to Maritime Facilities Final Rule begins June 1, 2020.

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