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KETCHIKAN (KDN) — A delay in processing federal Certificate of Documentations for vessels has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to issue a bulletin stating that vessels with an expired COD may continue to operate on their previously issued trade endorsements — provided that a renewal application has been submitted to the National Vessel Documentation Center.
According to an announcement from Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan, the recent federal government shutdown resulted in a “significant” backlog of applications that had been submitted to the National Vessel Documentation Center before and during the shutdown.
In response, the Coast Guard published the Marine Safety Information Bulletin that allow vessels with an expired COD to operate under the above-stated conditions.
“Owners should be prepared to present evidence of their renewal submission if requested by Coast Guard officials,” states the Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan announcement. “The evidence that will be accepted is a copy of the application along with a receipt that shows payment was submitted.”
The full MSIB, which provides detail regarding different vessel operations and construction phases, is available at Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan, located at 1621 Tongass Ave., Suite 202.