You may search for a vessel by entering all or part of the vessel's name. The system
will search for vessel names beginning with the characters you entered. The vessel
name search supports wildcard searches. The '%' symbol represents a wildcard. It
is possible for the system to find more than 1 vessel record.
A maximum of 500 records will be returned by the system. If
more than 500 records are found, you should try to refine your search criteria.
Vessel Identification Number:
You may search for a vessel by entering its Vessel Number. Vessel Numbers are 6
to 8 characters long and may contain all digits (1-9) or begin with 1 or 2 letters
(A-Z) followed by 6 or 7 digits. The wildcard search option (%) is available in
the Vessel Number field. The Vessel Number search consists of the “Official Number”
(Coast Guard assigned number for documented vessels), Coast Guard assigned number
for undocumented vessels, or the IMO number.
Hull Identification Number (HIN):
You may search for a vessel by entering its Hull Identification Number. A Hull Number is a unique
identifier for the vessel and consists of a string of letters (A-Z) and digits (0-9),
up to 17 characters long.
Vessel Call Sign:
You may search for a vessel by entering its Call Sign. Vessel Call Signs can be
any combination of letters and numbers. The wildcard search option (%) is available
in the Vessel Call Sign field.
You may search for a vessel by selecting the flag (ensign) the vessel flies. Most
are based on the traditional state flag, but with notable stylistic modifications.
Flags are very important at sea, where they can mean the difference between life
and death, and consequently the rules and regulations for the flying of flags are
Ensigns are national maritime flags flown by ships, at the stern, from a gaff, or
from the yard-arm. In some countries (e.g., the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia or
Australia) there are distinct naval and merchant ensigns, while in other countries
(e.g., United States or France) the merchant and naval ensigns are identical to
the national flag flown on land. Ensigns are usually required to be flown when entering
and leaving harbour, when sailing through foreign waters, and when the ship is signaled
to do so by a warship.
You may search for a vessel by selecting the classification society
(Contact Search Only). A classification society is a non-governmental
organization in the shipping industry. It establishes and maintains standards for
the construction and classification of ships and offshore structures, insures that
construction is in accordance to these standards and carries out regular surveys
of ships in service to ensure their compliance.
You may search for a vessel by selecting its service type. This includes a range
from commercial to recreational, and all others in between. Using this option in
conjunction with one or more of the previous search options will significantly reduce
unwanted search results.
You may search for a vessel by entering the year it was built. Although you can
search using only this option, we recommend you use it in conjunction with other
search criteria to narrow your search results. Using this option on its own will
almost always return the maximum allowed results (500).
You may search for a vessel by entering any known attributes. Simply enter as many
fields as are known and the search will be restricted to vessels matching all of
the criteria. For example, you can search for PASSENGER vessels registered in the
FL whose names begin with SEA and built in the year 2001. Data in the Vessel Number
field takes precedence over the other vessel attributes.
It is possible for the system to find more than 1 vessel record. You may page the
vessel records by using the navigation numbers at the bottom of the page. A maximum
of 500 records will be returned by the system. If more than 500 records are found,
you should try to refine your search criteria.
Wildcard characters are automatically added to all text based searches. However,
if you wish to further refine your search you may use two wildcard characters. The
underscore '_' character replaces a single character. Example: J_pan searches for
Japan, Jbpan, Jcpan and so on. The percent '%' character can be used to replace
any combination of characters. Example: Ja% would return both Japan and Jacksonville.
Out of Service:
"Out of Service" is related to vessel status. If a vessel is operating in any capacity
(whether it has a Certificate of Inspection or not) it is considered ACTIVE and
"In Service". If the status of the vessel is anything other than ACTIVE, the vessel
will be listed as "Out of Service". The vessel statuses other than ACTIVE are: ABANDONED,
DESTROYED, INACTIVE, LAID UP, SCRAPPED, STOLEN, SUNK, and UNKNOWN.