December 19, 2003
USCG issues slew of security NVIC's
The U.S. Coast Guard has just published a batch of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVIC's) related to implementation of the Marine Transportation Security Act and ISPS. They are available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/index00.htm.
The NVIC's are:
A Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) provides detailed guidance about the enforcement or compliance with a certain Federal marine safety regulations and Coast Guard marine safety programs. While NVIC's are non-directive, meaning that they do not have the force of law, they are important "tools" for complying with the law. Non-compliance with a NVIC is not a violation of the law in and of itself, however non-compliance with a NVIC may be an indication that there is non-compliance with a law, a regulation or a policy.
NVIC's are used internally by the Coast Guard to ensure that inspections and other regulatory actions conducted by field personnel are adequate, complete and consistent. Likewise, mariners, the marine industry and the general public use NVIC's as means of determining how the Coast Guard will be enforcing certain regulations or conducting various marine safety programs.