April 16, 2021
Enforcement of New U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Engine Cut-Off Switch Requirement
The attached memorandum provides guidance on the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) new requirement requiring operators of recreational vessels, less than 26 feet in length, to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link.
USACE has the authority to enforce this regulation under Title 36 CFR, Section 327.3(e), which stipulates that all vessels on project waters must comply with USCG boating safety regulations. The new USCG regulation is only applicable to recreational vessels. It does not apply to government-owned vessels. For USACE vessels less than 26 feet in length ER 385-1-91, Section 10.e. states, “Inspect and use the vessel engine cut-off device and safety lanyard, and attach the safety lanyard to their person (exclusive use of wireless engine cut-off devices are not authorized).”
The USCG regulation was created to address the problem of recreational vessel operators who fall off or are suddenly and unexpectedly thrown from their vessel thereby causing the vessel to continue to operate with no one in control, which has led to injuries and fatalities. A Notice sign has been developed for USACE to use as an option to inform the public about this new requirement and is available on the NRM Gateway in the Sign Section.
My point of contact for this action is Ms. Pam Doty, National Water Safety Program Manager, who can be reached at (817) 886-1727 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey F. Krause
Chief, Natural Resources Management
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