Commercial Vessel Compliance

12/11/2018: Coast Guard publishes first Domestic Vessel Annual Report

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 Domestic Vessel Annual Report. The report highlights for the first time, U.S. domestic fleet deficiencies, inspections, and marine casualty statistics and will serve as a baseline to study trends, identify key performance indicators, and bring attention to issues in the fleet.

A few key findings discussed in the report are:

• Coast Guard marine inspectors conducted 18,424 inspections on 12,189 U.S. flag vessels
• During these inspections, 21,629 deficiencies were documented, which is an average of 1.77 deficiencies per vessel
• The number of inspections and deficiencies have increased 7.5 percent and 3 percent respectively, over the last five years

The following vessel populations are represented in this report:

• Barges
• Cargo vessels
• Passenger vessels
• Units on the Outer Continental Shelf
• Research vessels and school ships
• Towing vessels
• Fishing vessels

The report is available at the following link: CG-CVC Annual Reports. Any questions should be directed to

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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