Draft change to NVIC 01-13, inspection and certification of vessels under the Maritime Security Program

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The Coast Guard published a notice to the Federal Register, and is seeking publiccomment, on the availability of a draft change to Navigation and Inspection Circular, or NVIC, 01-13, for the Inspection and Certification of Vessels Under the Maritime Security Program, or MSP.

The MSP serves as a means for establishing a fleet of commercially viable and militarily useful vessels to meet national defense as well as other security requirements. NVIC 01-13 provides guidance to assist vessel owners and operators, authorized classification societies and Coast Guard personnel with the inspection and certification of vessels under the MSP.

This draft change provides the following:

• Clarifies the process for the issuance of the Certificate of Documentation to the vessel during the reflag process
• Adds a note to the equivalency provisions for inspection of MSP vessels subsequent to initial certification
• Clarifies the trial period requirements for automated systems in machinery spaces
• Includes interim provisions for those vessels seeking to operate with minimally attended or periodically unattended machinery spaces
• Makes other non-technical changes to NVIC 01-13.

This notice solicits public comment on the impact of the draft change to NVIC 01-13 on applicable vessels and other affected parties. All comments and related materials must be submitted on or before August 18, 2014.

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