September 18, 2023

The Coast Guard has issued an interim rule as the first step to implement the statutorily mandated requirements for DUKW amphibious passenger vessels. This statutory mandate was enacted after the sinking of the Stretch Duck 7 on July 19, 2018, which resulted in the loss of 17 lives on Table Rock Lake, Missouri.  This interim rule requires additional safety measures for DUKW amphibious passenger vessels operating on navigable waters subject to Coast Guard jurisdiction.

This interim rule is effective immediately and operators will have 120 days from the date of publication to comply with the requirements.  Interested persons are invited to submit comments and related material on or before December 11, 2023. You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG–2023–0243 using the Federal Decision Making Portal at

For information about this document, email Jaideep Sirkar, telephone (202) 372–1366, email

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official publications, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These publications remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

Source: US Coast Guard News

Read full rule HERE