The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Congressional and government Affairs
At A Glance
: Review and Update of U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Stability Regulations and Guidance
Fri, Sep 13, 2019   H-507 Ford House Office Bldg. – 1:00 p.m.


Transportation Research Board
Committee to Revise and Update U.S. Coast Guard Ship Stability Regulations
Congressional Briefing
Review and Update of U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Stability Regulations and Guidance
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has safety regulatory jurisdiction over vessels registered in the United States. One of its oldest regulatory functions is to ensure these ships, boats, and other floating vessels remain upright as they encounter both expected and unexpected loading, operating, and weather conditions, including wind and wave conditions and unexpected failure of watertight integrity.
Stability standards have been improved over time - particularly in the past 30 years - and the USCG remains keenly interested in making sure the regulations are kept updated based on the latest technical knowledge, well aligned with international standards, and organized and presented in a manner that facilitates compliance and enforcement. The recommendations in this new report, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, are intended to further these aims. The USCG earlier commissioned a National Academies study to identify options for improving vessel stability regulations, and after receiving that study in September 2018, the USCG asked for this second study to provide more in-depth advice on applying these options.
This briefing was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on September 10, 2019 and can be found, in its entirety, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.