The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance posted work instruction CVC-WI-015(1), “Determinations for a Vessel’s Keel Laid Date or Similar Stage of Construction,” Aug. 27, 2019. This work instruction sets forth the interpretations of when a vessel’s keel is considered to be laid or the vessel is at a similar stage of construction, and provides guidelines for Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMIs) to determine what may be accepted for the purpose of establishing a vessel’s keel laid date.
OCMIs, maritime industry, and Recognized Organizations should refer to this work instruction when determining if a vessel’s keel laid date or similar stage of construction has been adequately established in accordance with the requirements of a vessel’s respective inspection subchapter(s).
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