A number of regulations require superyachts cruising US waters to apply for and carry specific paperwork related to insurance and protection of the environment, including the NTVRP and COFR. Edge Yachts is ideally placed to offer guidance, assistance and ongoing support to any large yacht cruising US waters.

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Assist with NTVRP paperwork, set-up and plan approval

Provide qualified individuals in accordance with US Coast Guard regulations

Provide all required documentation and support services

The Non-tank Vessel Response Plan or NTVRP is a regulatory requirement of many superyachts cruising in US waters relating to the environment. To protect from the threat of oil spills in US waters, owners or operators of a non-tank vessel that is in the US territory and is carrying oil of any kind as fuel must prepare and submit an oil spill response plan. The oil spill response plan covers how a yacht would respond to a worst-case discharge and a substantial threat of such a discharge.

A non-tank vessel, in the eyes of the US Coast Guard, is a self-propelled vessel of 400GT or greater that is not a tanker. The NTVRP paperwork is an essential

process for any foreign flagged yacht over 400GT entering or cruising in US waters.

At Edge Yachts our trusted and knowledgeable team can assist with filling out and filing paperwork as well as provide a qualified individuals satisfying all requirements of the US Coast Guard.

Whether your yacht is entering US waters from overseas for the first time, has recently been launched from a US shipyard or you are looking to switch support provider, Edge Yachts can assist you at every step of the NTVRP process.

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Signing party for COFR paperwork of non-US flagged vessels visiting the US

Provide ongoing support and monitoring of COFR paperwork

Access to eCOFR portal for certification applications

Also relating to environmental issues and water pollution, the Certificate of Financial Responsibility or COFR is a guarantee from the vessel owner or a third party that a superyacht is able to cover its legal liability up to prescribed limits, in the event of the release or threatened release of oil or other hazardous materials. It is applicable to superyachts of over 300GT using the navigable waters of the US.

In the case of superyachts, usually the COFR is a statement of proof of insurance to pay for costs of clean-up and damage relating to a spill up to the liability limits required by the Oil Pollution Act. As a US-based company with USCG approval, Edge Yachts can act as the signing party for COFR applications of non-US flagged superyachts over 300GT looking to cruise US waters.

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Assistance with filing and updating electronic Notice of Arrival Departure (eNOAD)

As part of official monitoring of marine traffic in the United States*, an eNOAD must be filed each time a vessel moves between US Coast Guard COTP (Captain of the Port) Zones. The eNOAD is submitted online in advance of the departure, with a timeframe dependent on the journey the vessel is about to make.

If the voyage time is less than 96 hours, the eNOAD must be filed prior to departure and at least 24 hours prior to arrival. If the voyage time is over 96 hours, the eNOAD must be filed at least 96 hours prior to arrival at the port of destination. Updates to eNOADs are possible but the last update for a 24-hour notice must be made at least 12 hours prior to arrival. If the vessel is departing for a foreign port, the eNOAD must be filed at least an hour prior to departure.

All foreign flagged vessels entering US waters or transiting between designated Port Zones can face heavy fines, boarding and even vessel detention if the eNOAD is not filled out in a correct and timely manner.

Edge Yachts provides an eNOAD filing service for superyachts to ease the process and assist the captain and first officer with their administrative duties on board.

*The eNOAD is a US Coast Guard requirement only and has no bearing on whether the yacht will be cleared for immigration by the Customs and Border Protection authority on an arrival into the United States.