Master List of OCS-related policy and guidance.

National OCS-Related Policy

Policy and Guidance

National Policy Letters that apply to OCS units and vessels are listed in the tables below, grouped by issuing authority and ordered from newest to oldest (by policy number). Click on the policy number to open the document.

National Policy
Office Policy Number Date Issued Subject

Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance
CG-CVC 18-04 03Apr2018 Guidance on Implementation of New Standards for Fire Protection, Detection and Extinguishing Equipment
CG-CVC 17-09 27Nov2017 Issuance and Acceptance of Electronic Certificates
CG-CVC Change Notice 24Jun2014 Policy Cancellations – COMDTCHANGENOTE 16000, CH-1 to MSM Vol II
CG-CVC 13-02 05May2013 MARPOL Annex VI International Energy Efficiency (IEE) Certificate Implementation Guidance
CG-CVC 13-01 26Feb2013 Interim Guidance for Revised MARPOL Annex V Implementation
CG-CVC 12-08 15Oct2012 Guidance Implementing the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Ant-Fouling Systems on Ships (CANCELLED, see 25Jun14 Change Notice to MSM Vol II (linked in this table); policy is included here for historical reference purposes only)
CG-CVC 12-05 11Oct2012 Hours of Rest – Implementation of the 2010 Amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978
CG-CVC 12-04 25Jul2012 Guidelines for Compliance and Enforcement of the Emission Control Areas Established within the United States Jurisdiction as Designated in MARPOL Annex VI Regulation 14 (CANCELLED by CVC-WI-022(1) dated 13Jan2020; policy is included here for historical reference purposes only)
CG-543 11-06 08Jun2011 Risk-Based Targeting of Foreign Flagged Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) (CANCELLED, see 25Jun14 Change Notice to MSM Vol II (linked in this table); policy is included here for historical reference purposes only)
CG-543 11-04 13Apr2011 Compliance Verification of Alternative Security Program for MTSA Regulated Vessels and Facilities
CG-543 11-01 11Feb2011 Guidelines for Coast Guard Evaluations of Compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP) for Discharges Incidental to the Normal Operation of Vessels
CG-543 10-05 26Nov2010 Electronic Navigation Publications onboard U.S. Vessels
CG-543 10-01 04Mar2010 Use of Single Voyage Load Line Authorizations
CG-543 09-02 12Aug2009 Industry Guidelines for Requesting Alternate Planning Criteria Approval, One Time Waivers and Interim Operating Authorization
CG-543 09-01 04Feb2009 Guidelines for Ensuring Compliance with Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 73/78; Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships (CVC-WI-022(1) applies to Annex VI Regulation 14; the Work Instruction takes precedence if it conflicts with Policy Letter 09-01)
CG-3PCV 06-09 22Dec2006 Implementation of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 73/78; Annex I Revised
G-MOC 05-02 03May2005 Guidelines for Interim Voluntary Implementation of Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) 73/78; Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships
G-MOC 04-13, Rev-1 24Mar2005 Guidelines for the Inspection of Oily Water Monitor and Separator Systems
G-MOC 04-12 23Dec2004 Issuing International Ship Security Certificates (ISSC) to Vessels not Subject to SOLAS
G-MOC 04-06 10Aug2004 Guidance for Ballast Water Regulations
G-MOC 04-05 29Mar2004 Guidance when Considering Exemptions from the SOLAS Requirement to Carry Voyage Data Recorders (VDR)
G-MOC 04-02 17May2004 Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Operator Requirements
G-MOC 03-03 08Sep2003 Guidelines for Equivalent Compliance with (Revised) MARPOL 73/78 Annex IV (Sewage)
G-MOC 02-01 08Feb2002 Regular Compliment Crew Determinations for Vessels Engaged in OCS Activities (CANCELLED, see 25Jun14 Change Notice to MSM Vol II (linked in this table); policy is included here for historical reference purposes only)
G-MOC 01-03 18Oct2001 Pressure Vessel Internal Examination and Relief Valve Testing for Foreign Flag MODUs Operating on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) (CANCELLED, see 25Jun14 Change Notice to MSM Vol II (linked in this table); policy is included here for historical reference purposes only)
G-MOC 01-01 13Apr2001 Cargo Ship Fixed Fire-Extinguishing System SOLAS Exemptions
G-MOC 1-99 15Dec1998 Guidance on Port State Control ISM Code Enforcement

Office of Design and Engineering Standards
CG-ENG 01-20 23Jun2020 Third Party Foam Concentrate Analysis
CG-ENG 01-18 01May2018 Equivalency Determination – FRP Gratings Conforming to ASTM F3059
CG-ENG 01-16 29Apr2016 Portable Accommodation Module (PAM) Guidance
CG-ENG 03-15 03Sep2015 Acceptance of CAP-437, Standards for Offshore Helicopter Landing Areas
CG-ENG 02-14 30Apr2014 Approval of Equivalencies to the Requirements for Odorizing Units on Fixed Carbon Dioxide Fire Extinguishing Systems
CG-ENG 01-14 04Mar2014 Lifeboat Release Mechanisms: Policy on Implementation of New SOLAS Regulation III/1.5 and IMO Circular MSC.1/Circ.1392
CG-ENG 05-12 07Sep2012 Policy on the Implementation of Additional Personnel Safety Requirements for Carbon Dioxide Fire Suppression Systems
CG-ENG 02-12, CH-1 04Mar2018 Acceptance of the 2009 MODU Code (initially issued 07May2012, CH-1 issued to address substantial amendments to the 2009 MODU Code)

National Maritime Center
NMC 05-01 06Mar2001 Lifeboatmen and Proficiency in Survival Craft (PSC) Qualifications for Service on Vessels not Equipped with Lifeboats