Vessel Safety Check


     The U.S. Coast Guard would like to see all vessels in compliance with equipment requirements and safely operated.  If you are uncertain about the safety requirements for your vessel, one way to make sure you are in compliance is to schedule a Vessel Safety Check, offered as a free public service by the US Coast Guard.  Qualified examiners will come to your vessel and conduct a courtesy examination.  Those vessels that pass will be awarded a VSC decal indicating a successful check.

The items checked during a VSC are:

  •  Navigation lights
  • Sound producing devices/bell
  • Voice communications
  • Life jackets & throwable flotation devices
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Visual distress signals
  • Backfire flame control
  • Overall vessel condition
  • Ventilation
  • Proper display of numbers
  • Pollution placard (oily waste discharge)
  • MARPOL trash placards (garbage dumping restriction)
  • Marine sanitation device
  • Registration/documentation
  • Navigation Rules book
  • State and/or local requirements

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