Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Visual Distress Signals

Boat Oregon visual distress signals.

Boat Oregon visual distress signals.

The Oregon State Marine Board has opened rulemaking to require boats operating in coastal waters to carry U.S. Coast Guard –approved visual distress signals, including those waters directly connected to the ocean, up to a point where the waterway is less than two nautical miles wide (mouth of the Columbia River).

Adoption of this rule, OAR 250-010-0164, would establish the state requirement for visual distress signals in coast waters consistent with Federal equipment requirements, and is required through the U. S. Coast Guard grant agreement with Oregon.

Written comments may be submitted by March 31, 2015 by 5 pm and can be submitted via email to osmb.rulemaking@state.or.us  or by U.S. mail to: June LeTarte, Administrative Rules Coordinator, 435 Commercial Street NE, Suite 400, P.O. Box 14145, Salem, OR 97309-5056.  Comments via telephone will not be accepted.

To view the proposed language, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/Pages/admin/OSMB_Rulemaking_Newpage.aspx.

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2 thoughts on “Marine Board Seeks Public Comment on Visual Distress Signals

  1. This is a great idea, all boats are required by federal law to have signaling devices aboard anyway when navigating a federally navigable waterway (the Columbia River is one). Size and type of vessel determine the types and amounts of signaling devices required aboard each vessel. It should be included in inspections on and off the water and in the case of a federally navigable waterway a citation should be issued if the proper equipment is not aboard. Putting the burden of search and rescue on local and federal agencies because you don’t have the mandated equipment is negligence plain and simple.

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