Useful Links

International Links

IMO The International Maritime Organization; SOLAS, MARPOL, Load Line Conventions

MCA United Kingdom Maritime and Coast Guard Agency



World Maritime University


View the different MOU Detention stats and Concentrated Inspection Campaigns (CIC) at:

Paris MOU on Port State Control

Caribbean MOU on Port State Control

Tokyo MOU on Port State Control

Port State Information Exchange Information on Coast Guard inspection of foreign commercial vessels and status of U.S. Documented vessels is located on PSIX


U.S. Coast Guard, Boating Safety and U.S. Regulatory Specific Links

C.F.R.s You can search the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations here

CG 840 books These are the Coast Guard check lists for conducting commercial vessel inspections.

Federal Registers You can search Notices of Proposed and Final Federal Rule Makings here (ANPRM, NPRM, FRs).

Marine Safety Manuals (MSMs) Coast Guard Marine Safety Manuals contain Coast Guard inspection policy guidance.

NVICS Coast Guard Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVIC) provide interpretive guidance on matters of significant importance for commercial vessel operators.

U.S. Coast Guard MSC Technical Notes Marine Safety Center technical notes for commercial vessel inspection.

SSC Reports Ship Structure Committee Reports.

U.S. Coast Guard Home Page Here you may access the “Coastie’s” safety information at Home Port

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Decisions on Appeal Official Coast Guard decisions from appeals of Suspension and Revocation hearings held by the Coast Guard before Administrative Law Judges for the disposition of cases involving licensed mariners.

U.S. Coast Guard Boating Safety Hotline Info on important boating safety topics such as boater education and manufacturer’s recalls.

Navigation Rules The Navigation Rules are available on line for review or purchase.

NASBLA National Association of State Boating Law Administrators

Navigation Charts The NOAA on line chart viewer

U.S. Coast Guard Documentation Center Forms/information to prepare or to renew your vessel documentation.

Documented Vessels Information on Coast Guard documented vessels by Official Number.

Documented Vessels Information on Coast Guard documented vessels by vessel name.