The Coast Guard issued an interim rule that sets size limits for offshore supply vessels and aims to ensure that oil, hazardous materials and individuals are safely carried on vessels of at least 6,000 gross register tons. "This rule also will affect any vessel of at least 500 gross register tons as measured under the Regulatory Measurement System, if that vessel is not assigned a measurement under the Convention Measurement System and the owner desires to have the vessel certificated as an OSV," the Coast Guard said. The comment period on the rule will end Nov. 17.

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