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Vessel Documentation Name Query

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 and revised on a quarterly basis. Our query program only retrieves documentation data about vessels which usually 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 vessel documentation 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, "Merchant Vessels of the United States," purchase information is listed in the "Frequently Asked Questions" at the documentation center's web site.

Trade indicator keywords, as displayed in our vessel documentation output, and their definitions are listed below

Coastwise: Vessel is licensed to engage in coastwise trade
Registry: Vessel is licensed to engage in trade between U.S. and foreign ports
Great Lakes: Vessel is licensed to engage in trade on the Great Lakes
Bowater: Vessel is licensed to engage in limited coastwise trade; applies to about 500 barges and self propelled vessels under 500 gross tons that operate under 46 App U.S.C. 883-1
Fishing: Vessel is licensed to engage in fisheries in U.S. navigable waters and in the U.S. EEZ
Recreational: Vessel is licensed as a pleasure craft and may not engage in commerce unless it also holds other endorsements as listed above

Please enter the vessel's name in the box below and click on the submit button to retrieve vessel data. Suggestions to ensure getting data on a specific vessel of your choice include:

(data current as of April 30, 2002)

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This page was last modified 11 June 2002.