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TIN news:      The Alternate Compliance Program, or ACP, is a voluntary alternate inspection process for U.S. flagged vessels to obtain a certificate of inspection by complying with international conventions such as Safety of Life at Sea and Prevention of Pollution from Ships, the rules of an Authorized Classification Society, or ACS, and a U.S. Supplement, as an equivalent standard to U.S. Coast Guard regulations. ACP offers a streamlined process for owners to gain regulatory compliance while maximizing their vessels' operating time, which is an attractive option under the current federal budget climate and constrained Coast Guard resources.
 
However, recent data shows that fewer than 40 percent of existing vessels that are eligible for the ACP are actually enrolled in the program. The Coast Guard encourages vessel owners to take advantage of this well-established program to help streamline their vessel inspections and reduce their downtime.
 
ACP is available to most new construction vessels, as well as currently certificated vessels, as an alternative to complying with a traditional vessel inspection and certification process conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard. Under the ACP, the ACS performs a majority of the annual inspection as they conduct their class survey; then the Coast Guard has the opportunity to perform a compressed annual oversight exam. Enrollment in the ACP is intended to reduce the regulatory burden on the maritime industry while maintaining the same high levels of safety and offering greater flexibility.
 
Eligible vessels must be certificated for international voyages and be classed by an ACS with the appropriate authorization. However, vessels need not be on dedicated international voyages to qualify. The intent, rather, is to ensure that the vessels meet the requisite standards for international certification. A vessel owner or operator wishing to have a vessel certificated under the ACP may apply by submitting an Application for Inspection of U.S. Vessel, Form CG-3752 to the cognizant Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections, or OCMI. The form must indicate the owner's desire to enroll the vessel in the ACP and designate an ACS.

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