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House Approves Urging USCG to Amend Small Vessel Transport Regs - Johansen's HJR 47

Johansen’s HJR 47 asks Coast Guard to take Alaska’s unique challenges into account

Thursday, April 1, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – The Alaska State House today unanimously passed House Joint Resolution 47, urging the United States Coast Guard to amend its small vessel transport regulations to allow the simultaneous transport of fuel, supplies and passengers. House Majority Leader Kyle Johansen, R-Ketchikan, sponsored the resolution, which also asks the Coast Guard to allow small transport vessels to be constructed of aluminum.

“Many communities in our state are isolated and they depend on barges or planes for transporting everything from milk and mail to hospital visits and high school basketball teams,” Leader Johansen said. “But in spite of this, there’s still a niche that can be served by small transport vessels. Current Coast Guard regulations don’t allow that, or for more lighter-construction, beach-able, aluminum hull construction. There’s a proven need among all the state’s coastal communities that can’t be met under current law, which prohibits what can become a successful sector of the transportation industry in Alaska.”

HJR 47 now heads to the Alaska State Senate for consideration.

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