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Where can you research U.S. Coast Guard vessel documentation?

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The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration maintains a database of U.S. Coast Guard vessels that includes ship characteristics and ownership data. The U.S. Coast Guard's National Vessel Documentation Center compiles information on vessels available for use in emergencies.

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The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration updates the information on its website each month and provides data on ships that are over 5 net tons and are documented by the U.S. Coast Guard. Smaller vessels are recorded by state. Researchers acquire information on a ship by entering its exact name, but the tool also returns data for up to 20 vessels if only part of a name is submitted. Queries on partial names may return an abbreviated list of up to 400 vessels.

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