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The Passenger Vessel Emergency Alarms Advisory Committee will use the following principles to guide its efforts to reach consensus regarding recommendations for addressing the following issues:

Specifically, recommendations made by the Advisory Committee should reflect the guiding principles set out below.

Recognize safety as fundamental responsibility of the crew.

Recognize the responsibility to provide effective communication.

Differentiate between overnight and non-overnight passenger vessels.

Recognize heterogeneity of population.

Balance flexibility and certainty.

Recognize authority of Access Board and DOT.