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Coast Guard suspends Captain’s license

Coast Guard has suspended a Michigan man’s Captain’s license of for intentionally carrying more than six passengers aboard a small charter vessel without the vessel being properly inspected or certified for service. Coast Guard regulations require that small vessels (less than 100 gross tons) carrying passengers for hire be inspected and issued a Certificate of Inspection before the vessel can carry more than six passengers. Certified vessels must meet regulations relating to structural integrity, lifesaving, firefighting and other safety standards.

The suspension follows 36 months of effort by the Coast Guard to attempt to gain compliance from the vessel owner. The Coast Guard sates that the failure to meet the standards for small vessel passenger certifications presents a serious risk to the safety of the passengers.