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Commercial Vessel Inspection Alternatives and Delegated Functions

"The Inspector" by Ralph Starr, Courtesy of the Coast Guard Art Program
The Inspector by Ralph Starr, Courtesy of the Coast Guard Art Program





Overview

To promote an efficient marine transportation system by providing increased flexibility in the construction and operation of U.S. flag vessels, while maintaining equivalent levels of safety and environmental protection. The U.S. Coast Guard has entered into formal agreements with certain classification societies under the authority of Title 46, United States Code (USC) Section 3316. These agreements cover the delegation of certain statutory survey and certification functions for U.S. flagged vessels. Delegated function means a function related to Coast Guard commercial vessel inspection, which has been delegated to a recognized classification society. Delegated functions may include the authorization to issue international convention certificates and participation in the Alternate Compliance Program (ACP). Delegated functions performed by, and statutory certificates issued by, an authorized classification society will be accepted as functions performed by, or certificates issued by, the Coast Guard, provided that the classification society maintains compliance with all provisions of its agreement with the Commandant. Any agreement between the Commandant and the recognized classification society authorizing the performance of delegated functions will be written and will require the classification society to comply with the provisions of Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 8.

ACP Classification Societies in the Alternate Compliance Program

Authorized Classification Societies

Authorizations

Current U.S. Supplements

Publications

 


ACP - Vessel Enrollment - Contact the ACP Program Manager:


ACP Standards and Classification Society authorizations -
Contact the ACP Program Coordinator:


USCG Liaison Office for Recognized and Authorized Classification Societies (LORACS):


Contact Your Local Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI)


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Last Modified 8/18/2014