Cellular transceiver units; Quality (ICS 03.120), Receiving and transmitting equipment (ICS 33.060.20), Mobile services (ICS 33.070), Navigation and control equipment (ICS 47.020.70)
Vessel Monitoring Systems; Requirements for Type-Approval of Cellular Transceiver Units (12 page(s), in English)
Proposed rule; request for comments - The U.S. Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) program type-approves enhanced mobile transceiver units (EMTUs) for use in U.S. fisheries. Currently, the only approved method for transferring VMS data from a vessel to NMFS is by satellite-linked communication services. This proposed rule would amend the existing VMS type-approval regulations to add cellular-based EMTUs (EMTU-Cs) type-approval application and testing procedures; compliance and revocation processes; and technical, service, and performance standards. This proposed rule is necessary to allow for the use of EMTU-Cs and cellular communication service, in addition to satellite-only models, in federally managed fisheries.