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This program has been established to allow vessels in a “large Fleet” to undergo additional IMO detention before being targeted by the Coast Guard. Ship management entities that have 25 or more individual vessels in their fleet, in which each one of those vessels have made at least one arrival to the U.S. in the past 12 months, are eligible to participate in this program.
"Large Fleet" entities can participate in the program for 12 months, and then must reapply for each 12 month period thereafter. Organizations who feel that they qualify for eligibility to participate in this program may apply2 directly to the following email address PortStateControl@uscg.mil. Faxed applications will no longer be accepted. When applying, applicants must state that the purpose of the e-mail is to apply for the Coast Guard's "Large Fleet" designation and use the Large Fleet Template.
As of July 1, 2010, the below detention figures that will trigger a Ship Management entity to be targeted, are as follows:
1 For the purpose of the "Large Fleet" program the definition of charterer found in the Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations section 160.204 is used. Charterer means the person or organization that contracts for the majority of the carrying capacity of a ship for the transportation of cargo to a stated port for specified period. This includes "time charterers" and "voyage charterers".