Coast Guard proposes new user fees for inspected towing vessels


(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Tuesday in the Federal Register that it is proposing to update its user fees for seagoing towing vessels that are 300 gross tons or more and to revise user fees for other inspected towing vessels.

The Coast Guard is proposing these updates because it said it is required to establish and maintain a fair fee for its vessel inspection services and to separate the fees for inspection options that involve third-party auditors and surveyors from inspection options that do not involve third parties.

McAllister Towing photo

Under this proposed rule, vessels using the Alternate Compliance Program, Streamlined Inspection Program, or the Towing Safety Management System options would pay a lower fee than vessels that use the traditional Coast Guard inspection option.

Comments may be submitted, identified by docket number USCG-2018-0538, using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before April 11.

For information about this document, call or email Scott Kuhaneck, Coast Guard; telephone (202) 372-1221, email

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By Rich Miller