The Coast Guard performs annual examinations to ensure foreign passenger vessels continue to maintain all the systems the Coast Guard previously examined during the ICVE in proper operating condition and that the Flag Administration and RO, if applicable, have performed annual renewal surveys as required by SOLAS Chapter I, Regulation 7. Inspectors should focus on the vessel's fire fighting, lifesaving, and emergency systems and should witness a comprehensive fire and boat drill. In addition, inspectors should examine the vessel for modifications that would affect the vessel's structural fire protection and means of escape, that were completed without approval by the vessel's Flag Administration or review by the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center.
The Coast Guard performs periodic examinations to ensure vessels are being operated in a safe manner. This examination should focus on the performance of officers and crew, with specific attention paid to their training and knowledge of the ship's emergency procedures, fire fighting, lifesaving systems, and performance during the drills. Since the overall material condition of the ship should not have appreciably changed since the annual examination, inspectors may randomly sample inspection items identified for examination. Inspectors may vary the scope of the examination depending upon the material condition of the vessel, the maintenance of the vessel, and the professionalism and training of the crew.
To schedule either an annual or periodic exam, please contact the appropriate contact for the location the exam is to take place: Foreign Passenger Vessel Scheduling Points of Contact
The unannounced exams will be seperate from the normally scheduled Certificate of Compliance annual and periodic exams. These examinations are designed to obtain a snapshot of the conditions of the vessel at a time when the Coast Guard would not normally be onboard.