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Q: How will my vessels be recognized as ACAPT accredited?

ACAPT decals for each vessel along with a letter of certification is sent to each ACAPT company each year. The decals are a visual indication of this professional standard for all to see.  The letter of certification may be used when contracting with entities as well as for proof of accreditation for the insurance discount offered by Starkweather & Shepley when insured through the C-PORT group program.

Q: Why is ACAPT using accredited surveyors?

A: The use of accredited marine surveyors is integral to making this program more professional in the eyes of the public and the Coast Guard. 

Q: Do I have to have all of my vessels examined every year?

A: C-PORT requires all ACAPT companies to have and pay for the first verification of all of their vessels and, from that point forward, C-PORT will pay for random vessel examinations. The cost of the equipment verification will be a one-time cost for each ACAPT firms.  C-PORT will request updates periodically to captains' credentials, drug testing participation, insurance and other ACAPT requirements.

Q: If I am a C-PORT member, am I required to join ACAPT?

A: C-PORT is not requiring ACAPT accreditation of its members, however it is recommended that every firm become a part of this program.  Along with the positive professional exposure to the boating community, it is a precursor to the potential of USCG vessel inspection regulations.

Q: Where can an interested person get more information about this program?

A: Anyone who is interested in finding out more about the ACAPT program may email us at,  or call us at (954) 261-2012.