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Policy Letter: Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Policy Letter 21-02 “Foreign Passenger Vessel Examination COVID-19 Guidance” to provide guidance to the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise and Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection on Coast Guard examination requirements for all foreign cruise ships seeking to resume suspended operations within U.S. ports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Coast Guard is requiring all cruise ships to undergo a full annual COC examination to ensure machinery and safety systems are maintained in proper condition, and crew proficiency is evaluated prior to resuming passenger operations.

Questions concerning this policy should be directed to Portstatecontrol@uscg.mil.

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