11/28/2017: New policy letter available regarding issuance and acceptance of electronic certificates

This policy letter authorizes and states the conditions under which Authorized Classification Societies and Recognized Organizations may issue electronic certificates to U.S. flag vessels as well as the conditions under which they will be accepted by the Coast Guard for foreign vessels subject to Port State Control Exams in the United States. Nothing in this policy letter requires a vessel owner, operator, ACS or RO to request or issue electronic certificates.