>Passenger Weights and Inspected Vessel Stabililty Requirements: FINAL RULE

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The Coast Guard has amended its regulations governing the maximum weight and number of passengers that may safely be permitted on board a vessel and other stability regulations, including increasing the Assumed Average Weight per Person (AAWPP) to 185 lb.

The Coast Guard determines the maximum number of persons permitted on a vessel by several factors, including an assumed average weight for each passenger, which is in need of an update because the average American weighs significantly more than the assumed weight per person utilized in current regulations. Updating regulations to more accurately reflect today’s average weight per person will maintain intended safety levels by accounting for this weight increase.


The Coast Guard is also taking this opportunity to improve and update intact stability and subdivision and damage stability regulations.

This final rule is effective March 14, 2011, except for the amendments to 46 CFR 170.120 and 178.210 that have not yet been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The Coast Guard will publish a document in the Federal Register announcing the date when those amendments become effective. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 14, 2011.