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Tanker operators are no longer required to request deviations to use their heading control or track control systems, sometimes known as "auto-pilots", in traffic separation schemes or safety fairways.  The Coast Guard will allow systems tested against certain standards to be used in all waters 1/2 NM beyond the territorial sea baseline (33 CFR 2.20) except in 33 CFR 110 designated anchorages or in 33 CFR 167 precautionary areas. This new regulation does not require that persons in control of tankers use their "auto-pilots"; rather, it gives the mariner another tool to ensure safe and efficient navigation. You can read the entire regulation at the Federal Register website.  Marine Safety Information Broadcast 010-13 is hereby canceled.  For questions regarding this change, email: or call 202.372.1565.

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