How do I request and schedule a voluntary dockside
If you are the owner or operator of UPV and want
to participate in the program, call the nearest qualified US Coast
Guard Auxiliary examiner, or if no Auxiliary examiner, the nearest
US Coast Guard Sector Command Prevention Division to schedule
If you operate in a remote region with no full time
active duty or qualified Auxiliary members, your inspection will
be scheduled to coordinate with other USCG visits to the area
to reduce travel and personnel costs. However, if you coordinate
with other vessels in your port to all be available during the
same time period, a dedicated trip for multiple inspections can
be arranged. Contact the nearest Auxiliary or Sector Command for
If you are unable to contact the Auxiliary or Sector
listed below, please call or email Rick Janelle at 907-463-2808
Note: Future plans for this site will have an on
line request form available.
Contact information to schedule a UPV and 5 Star
Is there a fee?
No. There is no cost for the examination.
What do I need to do to prepare for the examination?
To be properly prepared for the examination, your
vessel should be in operational condition. This examination can
be conducted dockside or on a trailer. All required safety equipment
should be on board and operational, and the vessel clean and orderly.
The required charts and publications (or extracts) must be on
board. Documents that are required include the current certificate
of documentation or Alaska certificate of number, USCG license,
and proof of enrollment in a drug testing program for all crew
For your assistance in preparing for the exam, a
copy of the examination checklist is available for downloading
on the main screen.
What are my obligations?
The UPV / 5 Star decal is valid for 2 calendar years.
By accepting the decal, you are pledging to maintain your vessel
in the same condition throughout this two year period. If you
also participate in the 5 Star Safety program, you pledge to maintain
and carry the additional safety equipment on each commercial voyage
for the two year period.
How will Coast Guard monitor my compliance?
The USCG and USCG Auxiliary may conduct spot checks
of vessels awarded the decal to ensure that required equipment
is maintained. Failure to maintain the condition that led to your
decal will result in remove of the decal.
Vessels that display a current UPV decal are less
likely to be boarded by USCG units for underway safety checks.
However, there is no guarantee. If your vessel is operating erratically,
fails to follow rules of road, etc, you are more likely to be
boarded regardless of the decal. Underway USCG boardings that
find deficiencies are subject to violations.
What if I do not pass the dockside UPV examination?
Deficiencies found during the voluntary dockside
examination will not result in a violation, but must be corrected
prior to legal commercial operation as a UPV. The examination
ensures and documents that you meet all regulatory requirements.
If you fail to meet the requirements for a UPV decal,
no punitive actions will be taken. You will be given a list of
your deficiencies, and will have 30 days to schedule a re-examination
to check off those missing items. If more than 30 days elapses,
a new entire inspection will be required.
Be advised that until the deficiencies are corrected,
you should not operate the vessel commercially as you will be
in violation. This could subject you to penalties or actions against
If you also meet some or all of the 5 Star Safety
items, you will be given credit for each item. The 5 Star Program
is purely voluntary. Even if you do not meet any of the 5 Star
requirements, you are still eligible for a UPV decal if all mandatory
items are met. Your decal will lack the safety stars however.
Can I request an annual inspection?
Yes. Although the decal is valid for two years,
annual re-exams can be requested to ensure your vessel remains
in full compliance.
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