The United States Coast Guard has ceased providing Personal Identifying Information (PII) previously included in the data which comprise the report "Merchant Vessels of the United States" also known as the "List of Documented Vessels." That report's data is the content for NOAA's searchable database accessible on this webpage. All questions regarding the availability of PII data must be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or the following address:
ATTN FOIA OFFICER
US COAST GUARD STOP 7710
2703 MARTIN LUTHER KING JR AVE SE
WASHINGTON DC 20593-7710
Vessel Documentation Search By Name
You can access our copy of the United States Coast Guard's (USCG) vessel data base and extract vessel characteristicsand documentation. This data base is updated periodically. 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 than5 net tons ("boats") are numbered by individual states.
Contact the USCG Vessel Documentation Center for vessel title and lien information. http://www.uscg.mil/nvdc
Access the following link to download “Merchant Vessels of the United States" in various formats. This data does not include PII.
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