Vessel Monitoring Systems in Alaska - Federal Register Rules and Notices


Vessel Monitoring Systems in Alaska
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In December 2014, the NOAA Fisheries published in the Federal Register a final regulation governing the technical requirements for, and NOAA Fisheries' approval of VMS units used in U.S. federal fisheries (79 FR 77399(Dec. 24, 2014); 50 CFR part 600, subpart Q). One of the requirements set out in the regulation is a type-approval renewal process. Under the type-approval renewal process, VMS vendors are required to apply for a renewal of their type-approved EMTUs/services every three years. CLS America, Inc. and SkyMate Inc. did not submit completed applications for type-approval renewal for some or all of their type-approved EMTUs/services. As a result, the following EMTU/communication-services did not receive renewal, and are therefore no longer approved for compliance with VMS requirements in United States federal fisheries, after September 30, 2015:

Skymate Stellar ST2500G (with messaging terminal).
Stellar ST2500G (with closed Dell laptop).
CLS America Thorium TST (The Thorium TST A2.0 and the Thorium LEO A2.0 are still approved).

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 03/15/2019

Vessel Monitoring Systems