During the 2017 hurricane season in the US, many vessels rushed to help, because of the sever weather phenomena. In view of this, the US Coast Guard issued a Policy Letter describing the criteria that USCG certificated vessels require to meet in order to participate in the relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
For relief efforts to Puerto Rico and the USVI, the following guidelines have been established by the USCG:
- SOLAS exemptions: The vessels which don’t have SOLAS certificates must request and obtain a SOLAS exemption from CG-CVC.
- Sub-chapter “I” vessels with valid SOLAS certificates do not require additional Coast Guard approval.
- Dual certificate vessels with valid SOLAS certificates do not require a USCG exemption to participate in relief efforts.
- Sub-Chapter “L” vessels and existing OSVs inspected under sub-chapter “I” are allowed to carry goods, supplies, individuals, in addition to the crew as well as equipment.
- Hazardous Material Cargo :Vessels may carry hazardous cargoes only as permitted by the vessel’s COI.
- Manning : Vessels are to be manned with appropriately licensed personnel.
- Berthing vessels : Vessels operating outside the scope of their COI must request an inspection by OCMI where the vessel is located that it is adequate for berthing.
- Advanced Notice of Arrival (ANOA) notifications shall be made prior to arrival in accordance with 33 CFR 160 Subpart C.
To read the full Policy Letter click below: