Coast Guard Raises Penalties for Hazmat Vessel Shippers

Posted on 4/2/2018 by Roger Marks

The US Coast Guard today announced increased civil penalties for maritime violations, including hazardous substance and oil discharges and hazardous materials violations.

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New Coast Guard Hazmat Penalties

IMDG-Shipper.jpgFor hazardous materials violations described at 49 U.S.C. 5123 (a)(1), the maximum penalty rose from $78,376 to $79,976 per day, per violation.

For hazmat violations that result in fatality, serious injury or illness, or substantial property damage, the maximum civil penalty rose from $182,877 to $186,610 per day, per violation.

Department of Homeland Security Raises CFATS Penalties

In addition to higher penalties for DG vessel shippers, today’s Federal Register also features a penalty increase from the Department of Homeland Security. Penalties under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards, or CFATS, rose from the easy-to-remember $33,333 to $34,013 per day, per violation.

CFATS is a set of security standards for facilities that store and use large volumes of hazardous chemicals. Because these chemicals pose major hazards to personnel, the public, and the environment, it is crucial that facilities take precautions to stop terrorists who seek to gain control of these materials or sabotage the facility’s operations. 

How Does the Coast Guard Regulate Hazmat?


The US Coast Guard, through its Hazardous Materials Division (CG-ENG-5), works to develop regulatory standards to ensure the safe transport of hazardous materials by vessel. The Coast Guard works with the US DOT Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to develop consistent hazmat rules for shipments in and out of the United States.

In addition, the Coast Guard represents US interests in the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization, or IMO, the organization that develops international hazardous materials/dangerous goods vessel rules and produces the IMDG Code.

Compliance with the 2016 IMDG Code (Amendment 38-16) is mandatory for hazmat vessel shippers as of January 1, 2018.

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