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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Form Entry Questions

  • Are Panama and Suez Canal transits considered to be a foreign port call for reporting purposes?
  • A normal transit (to include anchorage, queuing, and locking) is not considered a foreign port call.  However, any stoppage in the canal zone for (and not limited to) cargo work, crew changes, or bunkering would be considered a foreign port call and would then require that the vessel file a Foreign to US arrival notice.

  • My vessel has not visited five foreign ports. What should I enter in this circumstance?
  • There may be many reasons why the vessel cannot meet the requirements outlined in the previous foreign ports visited section.  The vessel may be a new build or has been to less than five foreign ports.  Enter pertinent information in the Comments Section on the Reporting Party tab.  An example of a comment might be "My vessel has not visited five foreign ports."

  • What should I use as the arrival port or place of destination when my vessel has not been given an exact facility or pier and expects to moor or anchor, but still needs to submit a NOA for reporting requirements?
  •  All Notices of Arrival (NOAs) to U.S. ports or places should address where the vessel is bound to anchor or moor.  The sea buoy or pilot station should not generally be applied to this definition unless it is the ultimate location where the vessel will be anchoring or mooring.

  • Who should be listed as the 24 Hour Point of Contact?
  •  The preferred and most appropriate listing would be the vessel's stateside port agent for the reported arrival.

  • What type of equipment should I report as being non-operational?
  • Any equipment that is required under 33 CFR 164 that is not functioning properly should be reported.

  • Where do I put the towing vessel and barge information in the NOAD?
  • The towing vessel name should be used in the reporting details and the barge name and Official number should be entered into the comments section or cargo details section of the NOAD.

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