MARAD Small Vessel Waiver Program

Who Can Apply to the MARAD Small Vessel Waiver Program and How?

The MARAD waiver is a Maritime Administration mechanism meant for foreign-built vessels. After all, the Jones Act requires that the vessels operating in coastwise commerce be built domestically whenever possible. The MARAD small vessel waiver program recognizes that foreign-built vessels can also contribute to American commerce, which is why it grants waivers to certain vessels…

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NVDC

Avoid the NVDC Delays with Maritime Documentation Center

The NVDC requires all vessel owners, whether they’re commercial or recreational, to obtain vessel documentation and keep it up-to-date. The entity hasn’t had any trouble processing commercial vessel documents in time. However, since late last year, the entity had experienced an unprecedented backlog with recreational vessels documentation.   This makes sense if we think that…

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USCG Documentation

A Basic Guide to USCG Documentation Standards and Requirements

The USCG documentation standards and regulations for boats serve many purposes. One of them is to successfully prove the vessel’s nationality at the moment of navigating international waters. So if you sail on foreign waters, your certificate of documentation provides you the status and protection of a U.S. flag vessel. If you own a ship…

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USCG Documentation

What is USCG Documentation and Why Does it Matter?

Do you ever find yourself thinking: “just what is USCG documentation anyway? Where did this come from and why would I need it?” These are natural questions to ask. USCG documentation isn’t something new, it actually comes from the very First Congress of the United States. As the national form of vessel documentation, it has…

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Coast Guard Documentation Center

Coast Guard Documentation Center: A “Small” Vessel Waiver with “Big” Upside

Do you have a vessel that isn’t documented that you want to use on American waters? Did you recently come into possession of a foreign-built vessel and you want to see what you can use it for legally? Some folks think that if they have such a vessel, there isn’t much that they can do…

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USCG vessels,

Ways USCG Vessels (and All Others) Can Stay Safe this Spring

Are you finally ready to take your vessel out on the water this spring, but want to make sure that everything is safe? Has the weather gotten warm enough to the point where it’s time to get your vessel out of storage? There is nothing, nothing like taking your boat out after it’s been locked…

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US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation

How to Maintain Your US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation

You finally got your US Coast Guard Certificate of Documentation – are you worried about how you’re going to maintain it? Have you forgotten exactly when and for how long your certificate is valid? It can take a lot of work and time to get your initial documentation. So, the last thing any vessel owner…

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US Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center

US Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center and Safety

Sure, the weather is cold outside. In fact, for the most part in America, the weather is downright frigid. However, that doesn’t have to stop you from taking your vessel out with family and friends. The truth is that a winter boat ride can be just what you need to break out of a seasonal…

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