Commercial Vessel Compliance

11/29/2016: Coast Guard, Transport Canada sign Memorandum of Cooperation for oversight of mutually recognized organizations

The U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada recently signed a new Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) that provides a framework for sharing and coordinating information from third party recognized organizations (ROs) that carry out inspection and certification activities of commercial vessels on behalf of both governments.

Currently, the Coast Guard and Transport Canada each have agreements with the following classification societies: American Bureau of Shipping, Lloyd’s Register, DNV-GL, Bureau Veritas, RINA Services and Class NK. Sharing these ROs’ general performance increases the scope of each government’s oversight activities. It also relieves the regulatory burden on the ROs by reducing their need to duplicate oversight activities.

This MOC aligns with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Code for Recognized Organizations, which took effect on Jan. 1, 2015. We expect the MOC can also serve as a model for other IMO member states.

If you have questions, you can direct your questions about the MOC to John Hannon, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance and the manager of SMS and Authorizations, Transport Canada Marine Safety.

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