Definitions

Accepted organizations - an organization which has been designated in writing by the Commandant for the purpose of examining commercial fishing industry vessels under the provisions of 46 CFR 28.073. Navigation and Inspection Circular (NVIC) 13-91 describes the types of organizations that can qualify as accepted organizations and outlines the steps they need to take to receive this designation. Coordinators maintain a list of these organizations.

Accommodations - include messrooms, lounges, sitting areas, recreation rooms, quarters, toilet spaces, shower rooms, galleys, berthing facilitates or clothing changing rooms.

Berthing Space - a space that is intended to be used for sleeping and is provided with installed bunks and mattresses.

Boundary Lines - the lines set forth in 46 CFR 7. In general, they follow the trend of the seaward high water shorelines and cross entrances to small bays, inlets and rivers. In some areas, they are along the 12 mile line which marks the seaward limits of the contiguous zone and in other areas they come ashore.

Coastal Waters - as defined in 33 CFR 175.105, the territorial seas of the U.S. (3 miles) and those waters directly connected (i.e., bays, sounds, harbors, rivers, inlets, etc.) where any entrance exceeds 2 nm to the first point where the largest distance between shorelines narrows to 2nm.

Coastwise Voyage - navigating the waters of any ocean or the Gulf of Mexico 20nm or less offshore.

Cold Waters/Warm Waters - cold water means water where the monthly mean low water temperature is 59 degrees Fahrenheit or less. Warm waters mean water where the monthly mean low water temperature is above 59 degrees Fahrenheit. See NVIC 7-91. Note: All waters in D13 are considered Cold Waters.

Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel - includes fishing vessels, fish tender vessels, and fish processing vessels.

Documented - a vessel for which a Certificate of Documentation has been issued under the provisions of 46 CFR 67. Commercial vessels greater than 5 net tons must be documented.

Fish - means finfish, mollusks, crustaceans, and all other forms of marine animal and plant life, except marine mammals and birds.

Fish Processing Vessel - a vessel that commercially prepares fish or fish products other than by gutting, decapitating, gilling, skinning, shucking, icing, freezing, or brine chilling. Salting cod is considered processing.

Fish Tender Vessel - a vessel that commercially supplies, stores, refrigerates, or transports fish, fish products, or materials directly related to fishing or the preparation of fish to or from a fishing, fish processing or fish tender vessel or a fish processing facility.

Fishing Vessel - a vessel that commercially engages in the catching, taking, or harvesting of fish, or an activity that can reasonably be expected to result in the catching, taking or harvesting of fish.

Galley - a space that provides for extended storage and preparation of food. This does not include small alcohol or propane stoves with limited cooking capability, or ice chests or similar devices that are intended for keeping small quantities of food for short duration.

Length - the length listed on the vessel’s Certificate of Documentation or Certificate of Registry. Length over all (LOA) may be considerably longer than the documented length. LOA is used in reference to the navigation rules.

Motorboat - any vessel 65 feet in length or less which is equipped with propulsion machinery.

Motor Vessel - any vessel more than 65 feet in length, which is propelled by machinery other than steam.

Oceangoing - per 33 CFR 151.05, vessels which operate any time seaward of the outermost boundary of the territorial sea (3 nm) of the U.S.

Ocean Voyage - includes waters of any ocean, or the Gulf of Mexico, more than 20nm offshore.

Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) - an officer of the Coast Guard who commands a Marine Inspection Zone described in 33 CFR 3, or an authorized representative of that officer.

Operating Station - the principal steering station on the vessel from which vessel is normally navigated.

Tonnage - a measurement used for documenting vessels. This subject is beyond the scope of this guide. Contact your local MSO for guidance.

Use - operate, navigate, or employ.