The Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a final rule establishing regulations governing administrative determinations of availability of coastwise-qualified vessels to be used in the transportation and, if needed, launch or installation of offshore drilling or production platform jackets in specified projects only. Federal law permits use of non-coastwise-qualified launch barges only if it is determined that coastwise-qualified vessels are not available. The final rule comes into effect on November 12. 75 Fed. Reg. 62472 (October 12, 2010).
(Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)