The laws regarding maritime vessels in the United States are quite clear and strict. For the purposes of national security, it is important that any commercial vessels used in the country be properly documented and listed with the Maritime Administration, or MARAD as it is also known. One of the requirements of commercial vessels is that they are built in the United States. This can cause a hardship for some owners of foreign vessels that are looking to use their vessel as a means of transporting passengers for their business. Recognizing this, the administration has made available the requirements of the MARAD small vessel waiver program that can give you the opportunity to get a waiver for the use of your vessel.
There are Eligibility Requirements
As expected, there are certain eligibility requirements that your vessel must meet so that it can qualify to submit an application. The vessel in question cannot be more than three years old, and it cannot carry more than twelve passengers when it is in service. Additionally, the vessel must be owned by a U.S. citizen. Finally, the vessel can only be used for the carrying of passengers. Boats that are used for purposes such as fishing, towing, salvage or other commercial purposes are not eligible and do not qualify for the program.
Filing an Application
If your vessel meets all the requirements of the MARAD small vessel waiver program, you can file an application so you can receive a waiver and use your vessel for the transportation purposes you want. The application requires a great deal of information and documentation, and you do want to make sure it is filled out correctly and has everything needed to avoid any delays or complications that could lead to a denial of the application. To make sure it gets done correctly and easily, you can turn to us at U.S. Vessel Documentation for assistance.
Providing the Help You Need
At U.S. Vessel Documentation, we can assist you in filing for the MARAD small vessel waiver program. We have made the process as easy as possible online, so you can get the paperwork done quickly, contact 866-981-8783 for further assistance. We will check everything over and handle the filing on your behalf, keeping you informed of the process, so you know what to expect and that you will get the waiver that you want for your vessel.