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Flag State Control Division (CG-CVC-4)

Maritime Security Program



Maritime Security Program MSP

The Maritime Security Act of 1996 (MSA) authorized the establishment of a Maritime Security Fleet under the Maritime Security Program (MSP), which serves as a means for establishing a fleet of commercially viable and military useful vessels to meet national defense as well as other security requirements.

Please see the Maritime Security Program webpage for additional information.

On January 19, 2012, in an effort to establish a more consistent and comprehensive approach to inspecting MSP vessels, the Coast Guard published a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) requesting comments from all interested parties to ensure that the full range and significance of issues related to Coast Guard inspection processes for MSP vessels are identified.

Comments are due March 19, 2012.

If you have questions on this notice, call or email Mr. John Hannon, Domestic Vessels Division, U.S. Coast Guard; telephone (202) 372–1222, email

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