(a) The certificate of inspection (COI) issued by an Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection
(OCMI), to a vessel required to be inspected under 46 U.S.C. 3301 specifies the minimum complement of officers and crew necessary for the safe operation
of the vessel.
(b) The manning requirements for a particular vessel are determined by the OCMI after
consideration of the applicable laws, the regulations in this part, and all other
factors involved, such as: emergency situations, size and type of vessel, installed
equipment, proposed routes of operation including frequency of port calls, cargo carried,
type of service in which employed, degree of automation, use of labor saving devices,
and the organizational structure of the vessel.
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