Commercial Vessel Compliance

11/8/2017: Marine Safety Center website enhancements

The Marine Safety Center issued a bulletin Oct. 31, 2017 providing an update on changes to its website. The Marine Safety Center’s official website continues to be transitioned to an enhanced platform with a new web address, which can be accessed at:

During the recent Coast Guard wide migration of all of its public facing websites, the functionality of the MSC’s previously maintained websites, and, has been impacted. The MSC no longer intends to maintain these websites. All MSC plan review guides, tonnage guides, and ballast water type approvals are now available on the improved website. MSC will continue to add additional references and functionality in the coming weeks. In the interim, you may experience “under construction” page notifications while navigating through site pages.

If you require assistance locating an electronic document on MSC’s website or wish to provide feedback concerning the transition, you may contact Mr. Marcus Akins of the MSC’s Tonnage Division Staff at (202) 795-6787 or

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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