Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular No. 2-00: Inspection Guidance for Vessels Participating in Marine Events of National Significance [open pdf - 3MB]
This Circular provides guidance for the inspection of vessels operating as registered participants in Marine Events of National Significance. Included are guidelines to help determine a vessel's inspection status, policy direction for issuance of special permits to uninspected vessels, a discussion on coastwise trade restrictions, and supplemental guidance for handling moored attraction vessels. The U.S. coastwise trade laws, for example, prohibit the transportation of passengers or merchandise between U.S. ports aboard a foreign-flag vessel (or other non-coastwise-qualified vessel). The Officers-in-Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMIs) shall review the Circular and ensure that the enclosed guidance is applied as appropriate. Moreover, event sponsors and affected vessel representatives should familiarize themselves with the guidance contained in this Circular. "Application for Special Permit: Form Approved OMB No. 2115-0133," App 1 -- http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/2_00/app1.pdf; "Permit to Carry Excursion Party: Form 0578," App 2 -- http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/2_00/app2.pdf (sample form); App 3 -- http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/2_00/app3.pdf (blank form) and App 4 -- http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/2_00/app4.pdf; Chapter 4: Inspection Procedures Applicable to Vessel Types, Classes, and Categories, and Application for Inspection of U.S. Vessel: Form Approved OMB No. 221-0007; App 5 -- http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/2_00/app5.pdf. See U.S. Coast Guard homepage: http://www.uscg.mil/USCG.shtm, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/, and the U.S. Department of Transportation: http://www.dot.gov/.