Commercial Vessel Compliance

6/4/2015: Change to NVIC – Inspection and Certification of Vessels under the Maritime Security Program

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The Coast Guard announces the availability of Change-1 to Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, or NVIC, 01-13, Inspection and Certification of Vessels under the Maritime Security Program, or MSP.

The MSP serves as a means for establishing a fleet of commercially viable and militarily useful vessels to meet national defense as well as other security requirements. NVIC 01-13 provides guidance to assist vessel owners/operators, Authorized Classification Societies and Coast Guard personnel with the inspection and certification of vessels under the MSP.

This change does the following:
• Clarifies the process for the issuance of the Certificate of Documentation to the vessel during the reflag process
• Adds a note to the equivalency provisions for inspection of MSP vessels subsequent to initial certification
• Clarifies the trial period requirements for automated systems in machinery spaces
• Includes interim provisions for those vessels seeking to operate with minimally attended or periodically unattended machinery spaces
• Makes other technical changes to NVIC 01-13.

Links to all pertaining documents:

NVIC 01-13: Inspection and Certification of Vessels under the Maritime Security Program

NVIC 01-13, Change 1

 MSIB 05-15: NVIC 01-13 Change-1 Highlights

Federal Register Notice: Change-1 to NVIC 01-13, Inspection and Certification of Vessels under the Maritime Security Program

Change-1 to NVIC 01-13 is effective June 4, 2015.

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