IRR Inquiry Letters Are In The Mail

The annual inquiry letters to vessel owners and operators requesting updates for the 2020 Inland River Record are in the mail. Editor Jeff L. Yates said that, although Coast Guard documentation records, FCC radio license applications and other official sources and tips from astute river observers are utilized for updates, he must rely upon vessel owners to respond with current information relating to renames, repowers, rebuilds and rehabs in order to keep the book as accurate as possible.

Inquiries include all vessels currently listed to the recipient and are mailed with a postage-paid return envelope. They must be returned by July 10 in order for the updates to be made in the database prior to sending the book to the printer, Yates said, adding, they can also be returned via email to

There’s no charge for the listing and it’s to the benefit of the owner/operator to have this information available for reference by crew members, customers, potential buyers and other interested parties, he noted.

He said it’s imperative that the inquiries are returned by July 10. “Even if they make no changes, we’ll know they’ve received the inquiry and will be assured the current information is correct,” he stated. “If we get no reply, we’ll run with what’s already in the current book and hope for the best.”

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