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New rules for American ships come amid worst barge spills since 2008

Published Sun, Aug 31, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[HOUSTON] Tighter regulation of US ships carrying record exports of diesel and gasoline is coming amid the worst year for oil spills from barges since 2008.

US Coast Guard rules to be issued within the next 90 days would require commercial vessels nationwide to be equipped with Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, which uses transponders and electronic chart displays to alert pilots to neighbouring ships, according to trade group American Waterways Operators (AWO), an Arlington, Virginia-based trade group for the US tugboat, towboat and barge industry. A pe…

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