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Commenting open: June 04, 2024 12:00AM PT - April 21, 2025 11:59PM PT.

Tug Escort Rule Informal Comment Period

Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1578 directs the Board of Pilotage Commissioners, in consultation with the Department of Ecology to adopt rules regarding tug escorts in Puget Sound for oil tankers, articulated tug barges (ATBs) (as defined in RCW 88.16.260), and towed waterborne vessels or barges by December 31, 2025. This rulemaking is currently in the rule development phase.

We invite you to share your thoughts and feedback on materials shared during rule development workshops to inform our draft rule language for this rulemaking. You can find workshop and meeting materials on the BPC tug escort rulemaking page under public input and involvement:

BPC Tug Escort Rulemaking webpage

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Comments are due by April 21, 2025 at 11:59 p.m.

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