46 U.S. Code § 3307 - Frequency of inspection

Each vessel subject to inspection under this part shall undergo an initial inspection for certification before being put into service. After being put into service—
(1) each passenger vessel, nautical school vessel, and small passenger vessel allowed to carry more than 12 passengers on a foreign voyage shall be inspected at least once a year; and
(2) any other vessel shall be inspected at least once every 5 years.

Source

(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 514; Pub. L. 104–324, title VI, § 605(a),Oct. 19, 1996, 110 Stat. 3931.)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised section Source section (U.S. Code)
3307(1) 46:391(c)
46:1295f(c)
3307(2) 46:390a(a)
46:404–1(6)(i)
3307(3) 46:391(b)
46:392(b)
46:404–1(6)(ii)

Section 3307 requires each vessel subject to inspection to undergo an initial inspection prior to being placed in service. This is normally started during the construction or reconstruction phase and is a continuing process until final certification for operation in a particular trade. Subsequent periodic inspections are also required for various types of vessels. It is to be noted that a freight vessel of less than 100 gross tons shall be inspected at 3 year intervals while the larger freight vessel has a 2 year inspection period. This is being done to retain the existing procedure of issuing 3 year certificates of inspection to smaller vessels, however, this does not prevent periodic inspections or examinations at intervening periods.
Amendments

1996—Par. (1). Pub. L. 104–324, § 605(a)(1), substituted “, nautical school vessel, and small passenger vessel allowed to carry more than 12 passengers on a foreign voyage” for “and nautical school vessel” and inserted “and” at end.
Pars. (2), (3). Pub. L. 104–324, § 605(a)(2), (3), redesignated par. (3) as (2), substituted “5 years” for “2 years”, and struck out former par. (2) which read as follows: “each small passenger vessel, freight vessel or offshore supply vessel of less than 100 gross tons, and sailing school vessel shall be inspected at least once every 3 years; and”.

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46 CFR - Shipping

46 CFR Part 2 - VESSEL INSPECTIONS

46 CFR Part 31 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 52 - POWER BOILERS

46 CFR Part 61 - PERIODIC TESTS AND INSPECTIONS

46 CFR Part 71 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 91 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 98 - SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION, ARRANGEMENT, AND OTHER PROVISIONS FOR CERTAIN DANGEROUS CARGOES IN BULK

46 CFR Part 107 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 110 - GENERAL PROVISIONS

46 CFR Part 115 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 125 - GENERAL

46 CFR Part 126 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 132 - FIRE-PROTECTION EQUIPMENT

46 CFR Part 133 - LIFESAVING SYSTEMS

46 CFR Part 134 - ADDED PROVISIONS FOR LIFTBOATS

46 CFR Part 167 - PUBLIC NAUTICAL SCHOOL SHIPS

46 CFR Part 175 - GENERAL PROVISIONS

46 CFR Part 176 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 189 - INSPECTION AND CERTIFICATION

46 CFR Part 195 - VESSEL CONTROL AND MISCELLANEOUS SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT

 

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