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Uninspected Passenger Vessels

Uninspected Passenger Vessel (UPV)Generally, operations that carry 6 or fewer passengers for hire are referred to as Uninspected Passenger Vessels (UPV), 6 Passenger (pax), or 6 Pack operations. These are your typical charter boat fishing guide or tour boat operations that may use a state numbered boat. UPV operations traveling on navigable waters of the United States under U.S. Coast Guard jurisdiction are not required to be inspected by the Coast Guard. They must comply with minimal federal standards for safety, navigation, pollution prevention and the vessel operator must hold an Operator Uninspected Passenger Vessel (OUPV) license issued by the Coast Guard.

Successful completion of a safety examination results in the issuing of a UPV Safety Decal (see below).  The decal, valid for one year, demonstates your commitment to safe operating practices.  It MAY reduce the likelihood of Coast Guard at-sea boardings and MAY be considered by marine insureance underwriters when setting insurance rates.  To assist in the successful completion of the UPV Safety Examination, LANT & PACAREA has put together the "USCG Requirements for Uninspected Passenger Vessels" job aid.

The job aid is a useful guide for UPV requirements and is used to conduct a "No Fault/No Penalty" pierside safety examinations for most uninspected vessels that carry passengers for hire, commonly called charter boats or “six packs”. The UPV Examination Booklet is also used for a safety examination and intended to summarize the regulations and requirements.  These are not necessarily all-inclusive but were developed to assist vessel owners, operators and Coast Guard personnel during dockside or at-sea examinations.

The Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary provide courtesy UPV examinations to assist you.  These examinations are free of charge, comprehensive and confidential.  Contact your local UPV Coordinator to schedule your examination today!

Unit CFV Coordinator Address Contact #
Sector Delaware Bay Bob Heffner Sector Delaware Bay
One Washington Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19147
(215) 271-4880
Sector Baltimore Steve Oakley Sector Baltimore
2401 Hawkins Point Road
Baltimore, MD  21226
(410) 576-2634
Sector Hampton Roads William "Red" Gilbert Norfolk Federal Building
200 Granby St, 7th FL
Norfolk, VA  23510
(757) 668-5528
Sector North Carolina Barry Everhart Sector North Carolina
2301 E. Fort Macon Rd
Atlantic Beach, NC  28512
(252) 247-4526

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