Commercial Vessel Compliance

9/26/2018: Updated guidance and policy on manning of inspected towing vessels

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise posted a notice on its website Sept. 12, 2018 to alert mariners that the manning section of TugSafe Central has been revised to clarify current guidance and policy regarding manning of inspected towing vessels. Additionally, a new section entitled “Determining Manning Levels” was added to provide guidance and references for developing and evaluating manning levels for these vessels.

This guidance can assist vessel owners and operators as they propose manning levels to the Coast Guard when requesting an initial inspection for certification. The “Manning” and “Determining Manning Levels” sections can be found in the Credentials, Documents and Reports section.

For more information about this notice, contact the TVNCOE at (270) 444-7715 or via email at

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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