Activities Europe provides vessel inspection services for foreign flagged vessels ensuring compliance with domestic and international standards for entry into U.S. waters and ports including safety regulations, pollution prevention, and vessel material condition.
Certificate of Compliance (C.O.C.) inspections are performed on tankships including chemical tankers and liquefied gas carriers.
Overseas Initial Certificate of Compliance (I.C.O.C.) inspections are performed on passenger vessels such as liesure and cruise ships.
Non-US Flagged tank ships, chemical tankers, and liquefied gas carriers
U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe provides a COC examination as a service to foreign tank vessels with a current contract to lighter cargo inside the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). We conduct COCs (renewal/annual) based on availability of our resources. This service is provided throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Be advised that there are travel restrictions as well as country and port access requirements that may preclude an exam from being conducted.
The exam should be scheduled at least two to three weeks in advance of the requested exam date. A voyage contract stating that the vessel will be lightering inside the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) is required to be submitted. The exam can’t be conducted if the vessel is unable to provide the voyage contract.
User fees are required to be paid prior to the exam. These fees include the annual tankship inspection fee of $1100.00 and the overseas user fee payment of $4585.00. These payments can be made at the Coast Guard Finance Center. In addition to the above fees, the applicant is responsible for reimbursing the U.S. government the cost of travel to and from the location of the inspection, lodging, and daily expenses. It is recommended that your U.S. vessel agent complete the payment process, due to our online payment system not accepting payments from non U.S. entity.
The vessel will need to be available for inspection between 0900 and 1600. The pump room is required to be gas free and safe for entry by a marine chemist or competent person. Additionally, no cargo or bunker operation will take place until the attending inspector feels that the COC inspection has progressed to a point where cargo and/or bunker operations will not interfere with ongoing inspection.
By requesting this inspection, you acknowledge that the local Port State Control Authority and Classification Society will be informed if any Major Non-Conformities or Detainable deficiencies are identified during the exam. Additionally, no COC or Port State Control forms will be issued if Major Non-Conformities or Detainable deficiencies are identified.
ALL Tank Vessels must include the following:
Chemical Tank Vessels must include the items below:
Gas Carriers must include the items below:
To submit an inspection request download the Foreign Vessel Inspection Request form, fill out all necessary fields, and e-mail the completed form to ACTEURwatch@uscg.mil.
Non-US Flagged Passenger Vessels
Commanding Officer (MSC)
Attn: Major Vessel Branch
US Coast Guard Stop 7430
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
Washington, DC 20593-7430