BILL WOULD TIGHTEN RADIOTELEPHONE RULES

BILL WOULD TIGHTEN RADIOTELEPHONE RULES

The chairman of the House Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee has introduced legislation to tighten the requirements of the Bridge-to-Bridge Radiotelephone Act.

Rep. Walter B. Jones, D-N.C., said his bill will require radiotelephones on all vessels that are 20 meters or greater. The act now requires vessels 300 gross tons or more to carry bridge-to-bridge radiotelephones."While most vessels of 20 meters or more exceed 300 gross tons and thus are required to carry bridge-to-bridge radiotelephones, there are exceptions," he said.

The legislation will eliminate those "unjustified exceptions," he added.