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Title 46Chapter ISubchapter MPart 144Subpart B → §144.205

Title 46: Shipping
Subpart B—Structure

§144.205   Structural standards for a new vessel.

(a) Except as provided in paragraphs (b) and (c) of this section, a new vessels must comply with the standards established by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as provided in the following table.

Table 144.205(a)—Structural Standards for a New Vessel

For a new vessel to be certificated for service on—ABS Rules for Building and Classing—
(1) Lakes, bays, and sounds, limited coastwise, coastwise, and oceans routes;Steel Vessels Under 90 Meters (295 Feet) in Length (incorporated by reference, see §136.112 of this subchapter) apply; or
(2) Rivers or intracoastal waterways routesSteel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways (incorporated by reference, see §136.112 of this subchapter) apply.

(b) Alternate design standards to comply with this subpart may be approved in accordance with §136.115 of this subchapter.

(c) The current standards of a recognized classification society, other than ABS, may be used provided they are accepted by the Coast Guard as providing an equivalent level of safety.

(d) The structural standard selected must be applied throughout the vessel including design, construction, installation, maintenance, alteration, and repair. Deviations are subject to approval by the Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Center.

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