If you own a boat, keeping your documentation updated by the US Coast Guard (USCG) is important. The USCG ship documentation renewal application is typically expected to be submitted once every five years. Many other factors affect the time between one application and the next. To avoid issues involving having your vessel decommissioned while it’s not in use, it’s best to know what you must do beforehand.
When it comes time to renew your USCG documentation, you’ll probably be dealing with a lot of paperwork. While the process is relatively straightforward, there are still some things you should know before submitting your application. Here are tips for filling out a ship documentation renewal application:
Make Sure You’re Using The Right Form
Create a duplicate of the document before you start completing it. When dealing with PDF files, no function allows you to save your work, which means that if you dismiss the file inadvertently or switch off your computer, you will lose everything you’ve done. Because the application has a lot of sections that need to be filled out, it is essential to ensure that you are utilizing the appropriate form for the task at hand.
The reference to vessel documentation provided by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) describes how to ascertain which form you are required to use based on the type of vessel in question and how the USCG categorizes vessels of that type.
Use form CG-1340 C, for instance, if you are applying for documentation for a vessel that is considered to be engaged in “coastal trade.” On the other hand, use form CG-1340 F if you are applying for documentation for a boat that is regarded as involved in “foreign trade.”
Make Sure Your Vessel Meets All Safety Requirements
Filling out the USCG ship documentation renewal application for your ship’s paperwork is a long and tiresome process, but you must do it correctly, or your renewal will be postponed. Some helpful hints for filling out the questionnaire correctly are provided below.
Your ship must comply with all safety regulations and survive a US Coast Guard examination. The US Coast Guard offers a comprehensive checklist for ensuring your vessel is seaworthy. For details on updating your permits, visit the Commercial Fishing Permits Center online.
Make careful to update your information on the application if you’ve moved or altered your name since your last registration. Providing untrue or deceptive information, even if it would benefit the recertification process, could place your license at risk of sanctions and fees should the USCG decide to inspect you later.
Keep Copies Of All Documentation And Maintenance Records For Your Uscg Ship Documentation Renewal
You must apply along with the necessary paperwork to update your USCG ship papers. You must provide images of all previous licenses and upkeep documents to renew your certification. When it’s time to file your recertification application, you’ll save yourself time and trouble if you’ve kept duplicates of all relevant documents.
You should be doing this regardless of the deadline, but if you’re like most people, there’s a lot of documentation for vessels that you need to keep track of. You may be putting it off because it seems like a huge undertaking to compile everything or because you’re hoping it won’t be needed after all.
If that’s the case, what’s the worst that could happen? If you put it off for too long and then remember that you need to do it, at least you’ll have more time to figure out how to organize everything.
Know what type of Certificate of Inspection (COI) you need
As you begin your USCG ship documentation renewal application, how exactly to fill out this thing? The answers to that question differ depending on whether you need a Certificate of Inspection (COI) or a Certificate of Documentation (COD).
The COI renewal application is as simple as gathering all the required documents, filling out a few sections with your personal information, and sending that in. It’s more about collecting the necessary paperwork and ensuring you have everything.
For example, if you need an updated Safety Management Certificate and your vessel has been used for fishing since your last inspection, make sure you have proof of those activities: maybe an insurance policy that includes fishing coverage or some sort of bill from a repair shop with notes about all the fishing gear on board.
If you need help filling out a USCG ship documentation renewal application, don’t hesitate to call the Commercial Fishing Permits Center. We’re here to help you get your permit quickly and easily, with no hassle.