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 one vessel record. You may page through
records by using the navigation buttons.
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),
Guard assigned number for undocumented vessels, or the IMO number.
Vessel Call Sign:
You may search for a vessel by entering its Call Sign. Vessel Call Signs can be
of letters and numbers. The wildcard search option (%) is available in the Vessel
Call Sign field.
Hull Identification Number (HIN):
You may search for a vessel by entering its Hull Identification Number (HIN). A HIN is a unique
the vessel and consists of a string of letters (A-Z) and digits (0-9), up to 17
The wildcard search option (%) is available in the HIN 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 consequently the rules and regulations for the flying of flags are strictly
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
ensigns are identical to the national flag flown on land. Ensigns are usually
required to be flown
when entering and leaving harbour, when sailing throughforeign waters, and when the ship is
signalled 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
commercial to recreational, and all others in between.
Using this option in conjunction with one or more of the previous search options
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
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
the year 2001. Data in the Vessel Number field takes precedence over the other vessel
It is possible for the system to find more than 1 vessel record. You may page the
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
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 '_'
a single character. Example: J_pan searches for Japan, Jbpan, Jcpan and so on. The
character can be used to replace any combination of characters. Example: Ja% would return
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.