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The Coast Guard authorizes classification societies to conduct work in the United States, delegates authority related to certain statutory certification and services, and authorizes classification societies to participate in the Alternate Compliance Program. These functions are listed in 46 CFR Parts 2 and 8. 46 CFR Part 2-45 lists the requirements for classification society approval. 46 CFR Part 8 lists the various programs for classification societies to act on the Coast Guard’s behalf in caring out statutory certification and services. CG-CVC-4 is responsible for coordinating Coast Guard recognition, authorization, or approvals associated with classification societies in the following areas:
If you have questions regarding classification society authorizations, please contact the Program Coordinator here.