Frequently Asked Questions

The following questions have been forwarded to NVMC by members of the international maritime community. For each question, an answer we believe to be accurate is provided. If you have any further questions please use the Contact Us page for further inquiries.

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Public Vessels

  • What is a public vessel?
  • A public vessel is one that is owned or demise (bareboat)-chartered by the government of the United States, by a State or local government, or by the government of a foreign country and that is not engaged in commercial service.  Examples would include Naval vessels, Military Sealift Command vessels, etc.

  • Is a ferry considered a public vessel?
  • A ferry that sails between points that make up a continuing highway is considered a public vessel for reporting purposes.  Contact Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for further clarification.

  • Are public vessels required to submit a NOAD?
  • Public vessels are not required to file a notice of arrival as per the exemption in 33 CFR 160.204 (a) (5) (iv).

  • Are vessels in the hire of the U.S. federal government required to comply with NOAD reporting?
  • Vessels that are owned or demise-(bareboat) chartered by the United States government, and not engaged in commercial service would be considered public vessels and not required to report.

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