Deletion From Documentation
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A deletion from documentation can be defined in Coast Guard terms as the process of withdrawing a vessel from active status with the National Vessel Documentation Center. It is also commonly referred to as a removal from documentation. This involves the submission of a request for deletion form and surrender of the certificate of documentation.
When a vessel becomes Coast Guard documented for the first time or re-documented, such status is evidenced by the issuance of a certificate of documentation. If the vessel is transferred, stolen, destroyed, placed under a foreign flag or the certificate is allowed to expire; it is said to have become inactive. This also applies when an owner no longer wishes to maintain the documentation. In these instances, a formal request for deletion should be submitted to the NVDC.
Deletion from documentation is not allowed if the vessel is subject to an outstanding preferred mortgage of record. However, a notice of claim of lien will not prevent such process. The deletion of commercially endorsed vessels may also require prior approval from the Maritime Administration when transferred to a foreign citizen.
A formal request for deletion may be superfluous if the vessel is immediately re-documented by a new owner. However it is a matter of due diligence to enact a formal deletion under any warranted circumstances. This should also involve the filing of any transfer instruments so the previous owner's name is no longer shown as the most recent owner of record.
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5/24/2022 - Page initiated by Team BoatWiki.