If you operate a commercial fishing vessel and your documentation status has been lost, it’s important to understand the process of vessel documentation reinstatement. This includes instances when your permit has been revoked, your paperwork was canceled, or you otherwise need to start over with the documents. No matter the reason, having current, valid and up-to-date documentation is vital for legally operating a commercial fishing business. Use this guide to ensure that you have all the pertinent information and understand the steps necessary to get your paperwork back in order.
Fill Out and Submit an Application for Vessel Documentation Reinstatement
Even if your boat has been seized, there are ways to remedy the situation and get it back. It starts with filling out the application stating your desire to reinstate your vessel documentation. If you must attend a hearing, being able to establish ownership will be an important part of this step. You may also want to get a breakdown of fines and penalties that you are responsible for and a detailed history of the vessel.
Catch Up on Payments
Vessel documentation reinstatement won’t happen overnight. There is paperwork that must be done and you will also need to catch up on missing payments, which may take some time to complete. Failure to pay your bills is one of the top reasons a boat’s paperwork is revoked, so it makes sense that to get it back, you must make those payments. You will also need to make any outstanding insurance payments and have proof that the vessel is insured.
Provide Supporting Documentation
At the very least, you’ll have to provide a copy of your commercial fishing license to get your documentation reinstated. You may also need to provide copies of other paperwork relevant to your boat. That might be your fishing logbook, bill of sale, any others. Be sure you know exactly what you need to provide so you can send it all in at once, which can speed the process of reinstatement. Each part of the reinstatement application may require different supporting documentation, so check each section accordingly as you move forward.
Complete Interviews and Examinations
If you have been suspended or disqualified from commercial fishing, you will need to reapply for your commercial fishing permit. The rules and regulations vary by region and location, so make sure you know what’s expected of you for your area so that you don’t miss any of the necessary steps, which may include interviews and examinations. This might be a drug test or a medical clearance exam. Your records may also be reviewed, particularly if you have been out of the commercial fishing business for a long period of time. In short, you’ll need to prove that you are fit and able to do the job and have taken care of all necessary legal matters pertaining to your documentation.
The process of vessel documentation reinstatement can feel overwhelming, but we’re here to help. Contact the Commercial Fishing Permits Center today and we can guide you through every step of the process, from start to finish.