Code of Federal Regulations
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The code of federal regulations, as it relates to Coast Guard vessel documentation, is a codified or administrative version of applicable laws as established by congress. These are the rules and guidelines by which the National Vessel Documentation Center deals with the documentation of vessels here in the United States.
The Code of Regulations (CFR) is an interpretive version of those respective laws as set forth in the United States Code (USC).
When congress passes legislation related to vessels, it is codified into the United States Code. This is known as the "raw" version of such laws. These are subsequently transcribed into the Code of Federal Regulations which represent their administrative definitions.
The National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) operates according to those CFRs which are related to the documentation of vessels. However, these are still ambiguous enough that the NVDC must effect their own interpretations. Although the NVDC attempts to clarify the resulting "house" rules on its website, they leave much to be desired. This is why so many vessel documentation companies have sprung up throughout the United States. These professionals basically specialize in dealing with the NVDC determinations as divined from day to day interactions.
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