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Analysis of the vessel numbering requirements of the Abandoned Barge Act of 1992
  • Published Date:
    1999-02-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Ships and Vessels ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-U.S. Coast Guard ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Marine Economics and Finance ; NTL-MARINE/WATERWAYS TRANSPORTATION-Marine Laws and Regulations
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    The Abandoned Barge Act of 1992 (the Act) state "The Secretary shall require an undocumented barges more than 100 gross tons operating on the navigable waters of the United States to be numbered". This report supports the regulatory assessment of the implementation of a numbering system for undocumented barges of more than 100 gross tons, per the Act. The numbering system would provide a means for identifying the parties responsible and liable for the illegal abandonment of a barge and enhance the Government's recovery of costs associated with the removal of the barge. Currently, there is on formal process for linking an abandoned undocumented barge to a responsible party, and consequently, there is little chance of the government recovering costs incurred from the removal.

    The work herein includes a population survey of affected barges, a cost/benefit analysis of implementing a numbering system, and a regulatory flexibility analysis to assess the impact of a numbering system on small business entities. Information was obtained from the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the barge industry.

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