H. R. 2880
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 28, 2021
Mr. Higgins of Louisiana introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To require the Commandant of the Coast Guard to modify regulations relating to vessel response plans to include notifications with respect to search and rescue missions.
This Act may be cited as the
Vessel Response Plan Improvement Act.
Search and rescue notification requirements for vessel response plans of Coast Guard-approved commercial vessels
The Commandant of the Coast Guard shall modify subparts I and J of part 155 of title 33, Code of Federal Regulations, to require the vessel response plans of Coast Guard-approved tank and nontank commercial vessels to include the procedures described in subsection (b) for use by the Coast Guard in the case of a search and rescue mission.
The procedures described in this subsection are as follows:
A procedure for providing, not less frequently than twice daily for the duration of a search and rescue mission, notifications to family members of the crew of the vessel with respect to the status of the search and rescue mission, any injured crew member, and salvage.
A procedure for the immediate notification of the next of kin or family members in the case of—
a deceased crew member; or
the recovery of a survivor or the body of a crew member during such a search and rescue mission.