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PUBLIC LAW 100-000—MMMM. DD, 1988

102 STAT. 1586

Regulations.

Regulations.

PUBLIC LAW 100-424—SEPT. 9, 1988

"(6) a buoyant apparatus, if the vessel is of a type required by regulations prescribed by the Secretary to be equipped with that apparatus; "(7) alerting and locating equipment, including emergency position indicating radio beacons, on vessels that operate on the high seas; and "(8) a placard as required by regulations prescribed under section 10603(b) of this title. "(b) In addition to the requirements of subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary shall prescribe regulations for documented vessels to which this chapter applies that operate beyond the Boundary Line or that operate with more than 16 individuals on board, for the installation, maintenance, and use of— "(1) alerting and locating equipment, including emergency position indicating radio beacons; "(2) lifeboats or liferafts sufficient to accommodate all individuals on board; "(3) at least one readily accessible immersion suit for each individual on board that vessel when operating on the waters described in section 3102 of this title; "(4) radio communications equipment sufficient to effectively communicate with land-based search and rescue facilities; "(5) navigation equipment, including compasses, radar reflectors, nautical charts, and anchors; "(6) first aid equipment, including medicine chests; and "(7) other equipment required to minimize the risk of injury to the crew during vessel operations, if the Secretary determines that a risk of serious injury exists that can be eliminated or mitigated by that equipment. "(c) In addition to the requirements described in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the Secretary may prescribe regulations establishing minimum safety standards for vessels to which this chapter applies that were built after December 31, 1988, or that undergo a major conversion completed after that date, and that operate with more than 16 individuals on board, including standards relating to— "(1) navigation equipment, including radars and fathometers; "(2) life saving equipment, immersion suits, signaling devices, bilge pumps, bilge alarms, life rails, and grab rails; "(3) fire protection and firefighting equipment, including fire alarms and portable and semiportable fire extinguishing equipment; "(4) use and installation of insulation material; "(5) storage methods for flammable or combustible material; and "(6) fuel, ventilation, and electrical systems. "(d)(1) The Secretary shall prescribe regulations for the operating stability of a vessel to which this chapter applies— "(A) that was built after December 31, 1989; or "(B) the physical characteristics of which are substantially altered after December 31, 1989, in a manner that affects the vessel's operating stability. "(2) The Secretary may accept, as evidence of compliance with this subsection, a certification of compliance issued by the person providing insurance for the vessel or by another qualified person approved by the Secretary. "(e) In prescribing regulations under this chapter, the Secretary—