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Coast Guard steps up enforcement of drifting vessels
The U.S. Coast Guard is stepping up enforcement of rules prohibiting fishermen from allowing their vessels to drift while the entire crew sleeps.
Rule 5 of the International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea states, “Every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.”
The maximum fine for violating the look-out rule is $6,500.