Commercial Vessel Compliance

8/1/2016: Coast Guard signs new memorandum of agreement with DNV GL

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas shakes hands with Captain Blaine Collins, DNV GL vice president of group governmental and public affairs for the U.S., following the signing of the new memorandum of agreement. The MOA authorizes DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance program. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas shakes hands with Captain Blaine Collins, DNV GL vice president of group governmental and public affairs for the U.S., following the signing of the new memorandum of agreement. The MOA authorizes DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Written by Lt. Karima Hantal

Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd merged to form DNV GL on Sept. 12, 2013. Post merger, DNV GL worked to create a new class ruleset, class survey procedures, and a U.S. supplement to Coast Guard regulations based on the new ruleset and applicable international regulations.

Today, the Coast Guard and DNV GL signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) authorizing DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP) and delegated certain survey and certification services for U.S. flagged vessels. This MOA and delegation supersedes the agreements previously executed by DNV and the Coast Guard on Aug. 4, 2006, and GL and the Coast Guard on Sept. 7, 2011.

The MOA was signed by Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy, and Captain Blaine Collins, DNV GL vice president of group government & public affairs for the U.S.

“We greatly value the ongoing relationship we have with the Coast Guard,” said Collins. “We appreciate their trust and confidence in DNV GL to provide statutory services on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard.”

The ACP is an alternative to complying with vessel certification and inspection standards contained in Title 46, Code of Federal Regulations, and administered through inspections conducted by  Coast Guard personnel. It provides an alternate process for an owner of a U.S. registered vessel to obtain a Coast Guard Certificate of Inspection by complying with the standards of an authorized classification society, International Conventions and a U.S. supplement.

“With the signing of this memorandum, DNV GL is undertaking a significant level of responsibility and work on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard,” said Thomas. “We are confident in their abilities to support our efforts and look forward to having them on board.”

The classification society ACP authorization is intended to reduce the regulatory burden on the maritime industry while maintaining existing levels of safety and provide the maritime industry with flexibility in determining how to build and operate U.S. Flagged vessels.

The MOA and classification society authorizations, including the ACP authorization, is updated and posted here.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas signs a memorandum of agreement with DNV GL at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, August 1, 2016. The MOA authorizes DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas signs a memorandum of agreement with DNV GL at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Monday, August 1, 2016. The MOA authorizes DNV GL to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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