All Vessels - Other Regulations

Injury Placard

46 CFR 28.165


  • Must be at least 5" X 7"
  • Must be posted in a highly visible location, accessible to the crew.

Notice: Report All Injuries

United States law, 46 United States Code 10603, requires each seaman on a fishing vessel, fish processing vessel, or fish tender vessel to notify the master or individual in charge of the vessel or other agent of the employer regarding any illness, disability, or injury suffered by the seaman when in service to the vessel not later than seven days after the date on which the illness, disability, or injury arose.

Waste Management Plan and Garbage Log

33 CFR 151.57

Applies to: All commercial fishing industry vessels that are 40 ft or more in length and transit on the high seas.

Waste Management Plan:

Acceptability requirements:

The WRITTEN waste management planmust describe procedures for:

  • collection,
  • processing,
  • storage, and
  • discharge of garbage and waste,
  • plus designate the personwho is responsible for carrying out the plan.


Garbage Log:

33 CFR 151.55

Applies to: All commercial fishing industry vessels that are 40 ft or more in length and transit on the high seas.

The master or person in charge shall ensure a WRITTEN garbage discharge or disposal recordis maintained of the following operations:

  • discharge overboard
  • discharge to another ship,
  • discharge to a reception facility ashore
  • incineration on board the vessel


The record must contain:

  1. type of operation
  2. date & time of the operation
  3. if conducted at port, the name of the port
  4. if not conducted at a port
    1. latitude & longitude of location where the operation took place
    2. estimated distance from shore
  5. if offloaded to another vessel, the name & official number of the receiving vessel
  6. the amount of garbage in cubic meters (4 large trash bags equals approximately 1 cubic meter)
  7. if discharged into the sea, a description of the contents described by the following categories:
    1. plastic material
    2. floating dunnage, lining, or packing material
    3. ground paper products, rags, glass, metal, bottles, crockery, or similar garbage
    4. victual wastes
    5. incinerated ash
    6. incinerated plastic residue

The record must be:

  • prepared at the time of the operation
  • certified by signature of the master or person in charge
  • maintained on board the vessel for two years
  • made available for inspection by the Coast Guard


Marine Sanitation Device

33 CFR 159

Applies to all vessels that have an installed toilet facility and operate within U.S. Territorial Seas (inside 3 nm).


  • The marine sanitation device must be Coast Guard approved.
  • Vessels 65 ft and less must have a Type I, Type II, or Type III MSD.
  • Vessels over 65 ft must have a Type II or Type III MSD.

Acceptability Requirements:

  • Type I and Type II MSDs must have a labelas per 33 CFR 159.16 (CG approval number and manufacturer’s information) and be certified. Type III MSDs (holding tanks) do not need a label.
  • Type I and Type IIdevices are certified under 33 CFR 159.12.
  • Type III devices are certified by design. They must be a holding tank solely for sewage and flush water at ambient air temperature and pressure, and designed to prevent overboard discharge of sewage.
  • The MSD must be operational.
  • If the installed toilet has a "Y" valve, the valve must be securedwhile in U.S. Territorial waters so as to prohibit accidental discharge overboard.

Note: Portable toilets or "porta-potties" are not considered installed toilets and are not subject to the MSD regulations.


Inland Navigation Rules

33 CFR 88.05

Applies to all self-propelled vessels greater than 12 meters (39.4 ft) operating on the inland waters of the U.S.

Note: Inland waters are those waters inside the COLREGS Demarcation Lines.

Acceptability Requirement:

  • Have on board for ready reference a current copy of the Inland Navigation Rules.

The public may purchase a copy of the Inland Navigation Rules book via:

  1. Ordering by phone: (202) 783-3238
  2. Ordering by mail:
    • Superintendent of Documents
      U.S. Government Printing Office
      Washington, D.C. 20402
  3. Purchasing directly from Government Printing Office bookstores:
    • Seattle, WA (206) 553-4270
      Portland, OR (503) 221-6217
      San Francisco, CA (415) 252-5334


Rules of the Road

33 USC 1602, 33 CFR 81 (COLREGS)

Applies to: All vessels at anchor or underway between sunset and sunrise, or in or near areas of restricted visibility.

Acceptability Requirements:

Navigation Lights:

  • Proper Range of Visibility
  • Proper Arc of Visibility
  • Proper Light Configuration
  • Deck Lights must not hinder recognition of the vessel’s navigational lights
  • On vessels 65.6 ft (20m) or more in length, the sidelight screens must be matt black.

Fishing at Night:

  • All around red over all around white lights properly displayed. (Trawling at night requires all around green over all around white.) Not required on trollers.

Day Shapes:

  • When engaged in fishing, 2 black cones apex to apex must be properly displayed. Not required on trollers.

Notes: The previously accepted basket day shape is no longer authorized.

See Rule 26 in the COLREGS for proper placement of navigation lights and day shapes.

Vessels 1600 GT or More Nav Safety Requirements

33 CFR 164, includes items such as:

  • General underway navigation
  • Navigation bridge visibility
  • Requirements for vessels at anchor
  • Tests before entering or getting underway in US navigable waters
  • Various navigation equipment
  • Automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA)
  • Devices to indicate speed and distance
  • Rate of turn indicator
  • Automated Dependent surveillance shipborne equipment.
  • Deviations from the rules.


Oil Pollution Placard

33 CFR 155.450

Applies to: All U.S. vessels 26 ft or more in length having a machinery space.

Acceptability Requirements:

  • Placard must be at least 5" X 8".
  • Made of durable material.
  • In a language understood by the crew.
  • Permanently affixed in the machinery space or near the bilge pump operating switch.

Placard reads:
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act prohibits the discharge of oil or oily wastes into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or the waters of the contiguous zone if such discharge causes a film or sheen upon or discoloration of the surface of the water or causes a sludge or emulsion beneath the surface of the water. Violators are subject to substantial civil and criminal penalties including imprisonment.

Note: Existing stocks of placards may be used for the life of the placard. Older versions state that violators are subject to a penalty of $5000.


Garbage Placard

33 CFR 151.59

Applies to: All vessels 26 ft or more in length.

Acceptability Requirements for Placards:

  • Sufficient number posted so as to be read by crew and passengers.
  • Displayed in prominent locations.
  • At least 4" X 9" in size.
  • Letters must be at least 1/8 inch high.
  • Must be made of durable material.

Placards must notify the reader of:

  1. The discharge of plastic or garbage mixed with plastic into any waters is prohibited.
  2. The discharge of all garbage is prohibited in the navigable waters of the U.S. and, in all other waters, within 3nm of the nearest land.
  3. The discharge of dunnage, lining, and packing materials that float is prohibited within 25nm of the nearest land.
  4. Other unground garbage may be discharged beyond 12nm from the nearest land.
  5. Other garbage ground to less than one inch may be discharged beyond 3nm of the nearest land.
  6. A person who violates the above requirements is liable for a civil penalty of up to $25,000, a fine of up to $50,000, and imprisonment for up to 5 years for each violation.
  7. Regional, State and local restrictions on garbage discharge also may apply.


FCC Ship Station License

47 CFR 80.405

Applies to: All vessels with transmitting equipment required by regulations, other than EPIRBs.

Acceptability Requirements:

  • Original license on board.
  • Name and number of the vessel is correct.
  • License is not expired.
  • License lists all transmitting equipment and frequencies.
  • License is stamped with the FCC seal.
  • Licensee listed is the current owner or manager of the vessel.


  • See Job Aid item #167 to determine what communications equipment is required for certain commercial fishing industry vessels.
  • If an FCC Ship Station License has recently been applied for, the vessel should have on board a copy of FCC form 506-A for use as a temporary permit valid for 90 day.
  • FCC Ship Station Licenses are renewed every 10 years.

Note: If the vessel is not required to carry the radio equipment, then do not cite for lack of the FCC-SSL.


Load Lines

46 CFR USC 51.02 - 51.12

Applies to: Fish processing vessels and fish tender vessels EXCEPT

  1. Fish Processing vessels of not more than 5000 GT:
    1. constructed as a fish processing vessel before August 16, 1974,or
    2. converted for use as a fish processing vessel before January 1, 1983; and
    3. is not on a foreign voyage.
  2. Fish Tender vessels of not more than 500 GT:
    1. constructed, under construction, or under contract to be constructed as a fish tender vessel before January 1, 1980, or
    2. was converted for use as a fish tender vessel before January 1, 1983; and
    3. is not on a foreign voyage, or
    4. engaged in the Aleutian Trade.
  3. Vessels less than 24 meters (79 feet) overall in length.
  4. A vessel of not more than 150 GT, the keel of which was laid or that was at a similar stage of construction, before January 1, 1986, that is on a domestic voyage.

Load Line Certificates:

  • Are issued by either ABS or Det Norske Veritas, classification societies.
  • Are good for 5 years.
  • Must be endorsed annually by the issuing class society otherwise the certificate is invalid (TERMINATION).

Load Line marks shall

  • be permanently and conspicuously affixed to the hull.
  • not be submerged.



33 CFR 173

Applies to: All undocumentedcommercial fishing industry vessels equipped with propulsion machinery.


  1. Valid State Certificate of Numbers whenever underway.
  2. Block numbers on the forward half of the vessel.


  • A valid State certificate of numbers must be on board while the vessel is underway. A temporary or official duplicate is acceptable.

Display of Numbers:

  • 3 inch BLOCK - minimum height
  • Affixed to forward half of the vessel
  • One on each side of the vessel
  • Contrasting color to the background
  • Permanently affixed
  • Read from left to right
  • Have a hyphen or a space between prefix, number, and suffix