Coast Guardsmen perform an inspection of a fishing vessel in Sitka Sound on March 19, 2019. (Coast Guard Photo | Ens. Lindsay Wheeler)

Coast Guardsmen perform an inspection of a fishing vessel in Sitka Sound on March 19, 2019. (Coast Guard Photo | Ens. Lindsay Wheeler)

All towing vessels to require inspections by July

Owners with multiple vessels will have longer.

Vessels longer than 26 feet used to push, pull, or haul alongside other objects or vessels will need to get a certificate of inspection from the Coast Guard before July 19, 2020 to continue operations.

Coast Guard Sector Juneau will perform the inspections. Those seeking to have their vessels inspected should contact the officer in charge of marine inspections at 463-2477 or email them at sectorjuneauinspections@uscg.mil.

Single vessels will have until July 19, 2020, while owners of multiple vessels will have until July 20, 2022 to incrementally obtain certificates for all their vessels.

• Contact reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757.621.1197 or mlockett@juneauempire.com.

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