>Final Rule Updates Definition of Ferry

>The Coast Guard issued a final rule incorporating into its regulations the statutory definition of “ferry” found at 46 U.S.C. 2101(10)(b), as amended by the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006. Ferry means a vessel that is used on a regular schedule: (1) to provide transportation only between places that are not more than 300 miles apart; and (2) to transport only: (a) passengers; or (b) vehicles or rail cars that are being used or have been used in transporting passengers or goods. This rule has no substantive effect on ferry vessel owners or operators or other members of the public and is effective immediately.