The United States Coast Guard no longer provides NOAA Fisheries with vessel ownership information. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please direct any questions regarding current ownership to the USCG National Vessel Documentation Center:
NOAA Fisheries will continue to provide historic vessel name and ownership data where available.
Vessel Documentation Search By Name
You can access
our copy of the United States Coast Guard's (USCG)
vessel data base and extract
vessel characteristic, documentation, and ownership
data (please read our data
caveats page). This data base is updated on a monthly
basis. Our query program only retrieves data about
vessels which are craft that are 5 net tons or
larger and are documented by the USCG. Craft less than
5 net tons ("boats") are numbered by individual states. Refer
to our data caveats page for
information about who collects vessel documentation data,
the type of data collected and for the authorization and
rationale for publishing these data.
Contact the USCG
Vessel Documentation Center for vessel title and lien information. If
you would like to obtain a copy of the USCG's list of documented
Vessels of the United States," purchase information is listed in the "Frequently
Asked Questions " at the documentation center's web site.
Suggestions to ensure getting data on a specific vessel of your choice
- The vessel name may be entered in upper or lower case.
- The vessel name that is entered must be identical to
the vessel name listed in our vessel data base. You could
not retrieve data for the vessel "MOONLIGHT III" if
you entered the name as "MOONLIGHT 3".
- The data retrieval program will return documentation
and other information on up to 20 vessels based on entry
of only a portion of a vessel's name. For instance, if
you enter the name "ANN" you could retrieve
data on vessels named ANN, ANNIE, MARYANN, BANNER, etc.
- If more than 20 vessels match the name you enter, then
an abbreviated listing (reporting the vessel name, year
built, service, hailing port, length, and documentation
number) of up to 400 vessels will be output to your monitor.
Based on data in this listing, select (click on) a vessel
name (in hypertext) to get complete documentation data
for that vessel.
- Enter the complete vessel name whenever possible because
you are limited to retrieving abbreviated data on a maximum
of 400 vessels per query. You probably could not get
data for a craft named "SEA ROVER X" if you
entered only the name "SEA" because the vessel
data base has over 9,000 vessels with "SEA" in