CBC: Passenger weight gain prompts new U.S. ferry rules

21 12 2011
Passenger weight gain prompts new U.S. ferry rules

Passenger weight gain prompts new U.S. ferry rules

The CBC reports today:

During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and about one-third of American adults are now considered obese, the CDC says on its website. As a result the average passenger weight had to be raised from 73kg to 84kg. The [Washington] state ferry system has complied with the new stability rules by simply reducing the listed capacity of its vessels, Coast Guard Lt. Eric Young said Wednesday. “That has effectively reduced the amount of passengers by about 250 passengers or so depending on the particular ferry,” said Young, who is based in Seattle. “They generally carry about 2,000, so it’s down to 1,750 now.” With that many passengers, the ferry wouldn’t tip over even if everyone ran to the side at the same time to look at a pod of killer whales, he said. 

I shall resist the obvious joke…

CBC: Passenger weight gain prompts new U.S. ferry rules

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