The U.S. Coast Guard Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise has a requirement for a cruise vessel of at least 70,000 gross tons to host three (3) Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner Courses on board a vessel while underway. All services shall be conducted on board a cruise ship departing from either Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, or Canaveral, Florida.
The Winter 2020 edition of the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise’s newsletter is now available. The newsletter serves to provide useful information on national and international policies as well as highlight success stories, best practices and achievements in the field.
This edition provides information to maritime stakeholders and Coast Guard units on a variety of topics, including ICOC exams, safety updates, and more.
Foreign flag passenger vessels arriving in the United States that embark passengers for the first time or make an initial U.S. port call while carrying U.S. citizens as passengers, must participate in the Initial Certificate of Compliance exam process. This post provides a few points to help ensure the ICOC exam is efficient as possible.
The evolution of passenger amenities on cruise ships has far surpassed the original language of the existing regulations. This is particularly evident on open deck areas where the current trend to situate a variety of cooking, dining, and entertainment options has increased the fire risk. When combined with an overhanging deck, awning, or similar covered area, these risks are compounded. This post provides information and guidance to minimize the risk of fires stemming from overhanging decks on board passenger ships.
7/10/2018: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise summer newsletter highlights most common reasons for PSC detentions, deficiencies
The Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise in Ft. Lauderdale recently released its semi-annual newsletter and Maritime Commons will be releasing individually several of the articles that we think will be of particular interest to our […]
Field Notice 01-18 provides amplifying guidance explaining the difference between a tender vessel and an excursion vessel onboard a foreign passenger vessel. This notice is intended for foreign passenger vessels operating in the U.S. using small vessels stored onboard the ship for excursion activities. Editor’s note: This is an update to the Field Notice 01-18 released Jan. 24, 2018.
Editor’s note: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Field Notice 01-18, “Tender & Excursion Vessels” is being updated and is temporarily unavailable. We will repost the Field Notice as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The Foreign Passenger Vessel Examiner (FPVE) Course three times each year and is open to select segments of industry and Coast Guard active duty, reserve, and civilian members. The course is designed to provide instruction on the process for conducting foreign passenger vessel exams.