>Changes to Standard Numbering System, Vessel Identification System, and Boating Accident Report Database

>The Coast Guard recently proposed to amend its rules related to numbering of undocumented vessels and reporting of casualties. The changes would align and modernize terminology used in the Standard Numbering System (SNS), the Vessel Identification System (VIS), and casualty reporting; require validation of vessel hull identification numbers; require SNS vessel owners to provide personally identifiable information; and provide administrative flexibility for States. Together, the proposed changes would improve recreational boating safety efforts, enhance law enforcement capabilities, advance maritime security, and clarify requirements for all stakeholders. 75 Fed. Reg. 25137