NAO 217-108: Classification of NOAA Vessels

Issued 10/01/2013; Effective 10/01/2013

NAO 217-108: Classification of NOAA Vessels PDF

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

This order establishes a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) policy of a uniform system for classification of NOAA vessels.

SECTION 2. SCOPE.

  1. The classification system and the classification under which each vessel falls is the bas is for determining which requirements ofU. S. Coast Guard, Standards ofTraining. Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW), American Bureau of Shipping and other regulatory authorities apply to the operation and maintenance ofNOAA vessels.
  2. The classification of a vessel is a lso used in determining compensation of Wage Marine employees.

SECTION 3 DEFINITIONS

Gross Tonnage. The measure of the overall size of a ship determined in accordance with the provisions ofthe present convention of the lnternaliona/ Convention on Tonnage Measurements of Ships.

SECTION 4. POLICY.

  1. All major vessels of NOAA are hereby classified based on the factor of power tonnage. Power tonnage (c) is the combined shaft horsepower (a) and gross international tonnage (b) of any given vessel. The formula is (a) + (b) = (c).
  2. Vessel classes are determined by specified ranges of power tonnage, and for NOAA, the following classes are established:
 

vESSLE Class

power tonnage

1

9000 - 5501

2

5500- 3501

3

3500 - 2001

4

2000 - 1001

5

1000 - 501

6

500 and Under, and not less than 65'

 

SECTION 5. RESPONSIBILITIES.

  1. It is the responsibility of the Director of the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) to determine the classification for each of the vessels of the NOAA Fleet.
  2. In the event of extensive modifications to a vessel or vessels that affect horsepower or tonnage, OMAO will initiate a reclassification of the vessel to assure the vessel is properly classed.

SECTION 6. REFERENCES

international Convention on Tonnage Measurements of Ships. (1969)

SECTION 7. EFFECT ON OTHER ISSUANCES.

This policy supersedes NOAA Directives Manual 45-11 , dated November 24, 1971.

An electronic copy of this Order will be posted in place of the superseded Order on the NOAA Office of the Chief Administrative Officer website under the NOAA Administrative Issuances Section. http://www.corporatescrvices.noaa.gov/-ocao/index.html

SECTION 5. EFFECT ON OTHER ISSUANCES.

None.

Signed,

Under Secretary of Commerce for
Oceans and Atmosphere

Office of Primary Interest:
Office of the Chief Administrative Officer