One of the strategic goals of the Marine Safety Center (MSC) is to provide guidance and assistance to the marine industry for the preparation of drawings and information that the MSC reviews to verify compliance with the Coast Guard's safety and pollution prevention standards. Overall, the MSC has identified 122 separate vessel design topics that are reviewed to determine compliance with the required standards.
Currently posted documents include, but are not limited to: computerized trim and stability books, deck barge stability, inland tank barge structures and longitudinal strength, bilge and ballast systems, compressed air systems, emergency evacuation plans, and means of escape.
These guidelines were developed by the Marine Safety Center staff as an aid in the preparation and review of vessel plans and submissions. They were developed to supplement existing guidance. They are not intended to substitute or replace laws, regulations, or other official Coast Guard policy documents. The responsibility to demonstrate compliance with all applicable laws and regulations still rests with the plan submitter.