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Industry Notice: Low flashpoint fuel exams on foreign passenger vessels 

Submitted by the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE)

The Coast Guard’s Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) and the Liquefied Gas Carriers National Center of Expertise (LGCNCOE) have issued a Joint Industry Notice to provide guidance to cruise ship owners, operators, and builders regarding United States Coast Guard examinations for foreign passenger vessels built with fuel systems utilizing Low-flashpoint fuels (LFF).  

The USCG has recently published the LFF Job Aid to assist Port State Control Officers (PSCOs) in verifying compliance with the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code).  Additionally, the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise (CSNCOE) has updated the Process Guides to assist PSCOs in verifying IGF Code compliance during Initial, Annual, and Periodic Certificate of Compliance (COC) examinations.  The newly published CSNCOE Foreign Passenger Vessel Initial COC exam Work Instruction, Guide for Conducting ICOC Exams (MPS-WI-CSNCOE-05) incorporates the LFF Job Aid for examination procedures.  

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The CSNCOE is one of six nationwide national centers of expertise focusing on providing industry specific consultation and services to the Coast Guard and maritime industry. The CSNCOE, located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, is the repository of Coast Guard expertise and best practices on the FPVE program and is focused on raising the competency, capabilities, and consistency Coast Guard wide in the field of cruise ship safety, environmental, and security requirements and examinations. As the industry liaison, the CSNCOE provides training and mission support to the Coast Guard and industry alike by memorializing a blend of these mentioned activities and ensuring the lines of communication and interaction continue.

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