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Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG)

Formerly (CG-521), (CG-3PSE), and (G-MSE)


The Office of Design and Engineering Standards is responsible for developing and promulgating national regulations and standards that govern the safe design and construction of ships and shipboard equipment, including hull structure, stability, electrical & mechanical systems, lifesaving & fire safety equipment, and related equipment approval and laboratory acceptance.  Additionally, it establishes policy, provides technical clarifications, and resolves any appeals.  Furthermore, it represents the United States on several committees and sub-committees at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is actively engaged with various standards committees (e.g., ASTM, IEEE, NFPC, etc) as well as classification society rules committees (e.g., ABS, LR, DNV, etc.).


The office is divided into five technical divisions:

Recent Notices:

CG-ENG Policy Letters:

Past Notices:

Additional Technical Information:

Contact the Office of Design and Engineering Standards (CG-ENG):

Office of Design & Engineering Standards (CG-ENG)
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE STOP 7509
Washington, D.C. 20593-7509

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