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Vessel Sanitation Program 2018 construction guidelines
  • Published Date:
    2018
  • Language:
    English
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    The VSP 2018 Construction Guidelines went into effect on June 1, 2018.

    Information that has changed from the 2011 version of the VSP Operations Manual is marked with a |

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) established the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) in 1975 as a cooperative endeavor with the cruise vessel industry. VSP’s goal is to help the industry develop and implement comprehensive sanitation programs to protect the health of passengers and crew aboard cruise vessels.

    Every cruise vessel that has a foreign itinerary, carries 13 or more passengers, and calls on a U.S. port is subject to biannual unannounced operational inspections and, when necessary, reinspection by VSP. The vessel owner pays a fee, based on gross registered tonnage (GRT) of the vessel, for all operational inspections. The Vessel Sanitation Program 2018 Operations Manual, which is available on the VSP website (www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp), covers details of these inspections.

    Additionally, cruise vessel owners or shipyards that build or renovate cruise vessels may voluntarily request plan reviews, onsite shipyard construction inspections, and/or final construction inspections of new or renovated vessels before their first or next operational inspection. The vessel owner or shipyard pays a fee, based on GRT of the vessel, for onsite and final construction inspections. VSP does not charge a fee for plan reviews or consultations.

    Section 3.0 covers details pertaining to plan reviews, consultations, or construction inspections.

    When a plan review or construction inspection is requested, VSP reviews current construction billing invoices of the shipyard or owner requesting the inspection. If this review identifies construction invoices unpaid for more than 90 days, no inspection will be scheduled. An inspection can be scheduled after the outstanding invoices are paid in full.

    These guidelines were published in 1997 and 2001 as the Recommended Shipbuilding Construction Guidelines for Cruise Vessels Destined to Call on U.S. Ports. In 2005, the guidelines were renamed as the Vessel Sanitation Program 2005 Construction Guidelines. The guidelines were revised and published again as the Vessel Sanitation Program 2011 Construction Guidelines.

    The VSP 2018 Construction Guidelines provide a framework of consistent construction and design guidelines that protect passenger and crew health. CDC is committed to promoting high construction standards to protect the public’s health. Compliance with these guidelines will help to ensure a healthy environment on cruise vessels.

    vsp_construction_guidelines_2018-508.pdf

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