The US Coast Guard issued guidance for implementation of the new Assumed Average Weight Per Person (AAWPP) with respect to existing passenger vessels. Effective December 1, 2011, the AAWPP for use in determining the maximum number of persons permitted on a vessel will be 185 pounds. Previously, the assumed weight in most situations was 160 pounds. CG-543 Policy Letter 11-03 (4/8/11).

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