The US Coast Guard issued a notice reminding stakeholders that SOLAS regulation V/19 was amended to require covered vessels engaged on international voyages to be equipped with a bridge navigational watch alarm system (BNWAS) to detect operator disability that could lead to marine accidents. The requirement had an effective date of 1 January 2011. Implementation dates vary depending on whether the vessel is new or already constructed and on the type and size of the vessel. The US Coast Guard has yet to promulgate regulations on this requirement, but allows for voluntary compliance by US flag vessels. 78 Fed. Reg. 2683 (January 14, 2013).
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