Commercial Vessel Compliance

4/21/2015: Policy for evaluating sea service aboard liftboats

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The Coast Guard announces the availability of Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance Policy Letter 14-03, Evaluating Sea Service Aboard Liftboats. This policy letter will provide guidance to mariners concerning endorsements to Merchant Mariner Credentials for service on liftboats.

Liftboats spend significant periods elevated at work sites and are not underway at those times. The time a liftboat spends underway is generally limited to travelling to and from a job site, and may be a relatively small portion of the total time the liftboat is in operation. Because of these specialized operations, the Coast Guard considers liftboats to be unique vessels and has evaluated sea service on liftboats to determine its equivalency to traditional service.

View the policy letter and Federal Register notice for full details.

This policy letter is effective on April 6, 2015.

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