Commercial Vessel Compliance

Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference March 10, to discuss the committee’s two current tasks. The Towing Safety Advisory Committee provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.

The full committee will meet by teleconference Tuesday, March 10, 2020, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Please note that this meeting may close early if the committee has completed its business.

To join the teleconference or to request special accommodations, contact contact Mr. Matthew D. Layman, Alternate Designated Federal Officer at 202-372-1421 or  no later than 1 p.m. on March 3, 2020, to obtain the needed information. The number of teleconference lines is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Comments and supporting documents should reach the committee no later than March 2, 2020.

For access to the docket or to read documents or comments related to this notice, go to, and search for docket USCG-2020-0047.

The agenda for the March 10, 2020, teleconference meeting is as follows:

  1. Final report from the Subcommittee on “Recommendations on Load Line Exemption for River Barges on Lakes Erie and Ontario (Task 17-02)”
  2. Additional tasking for the Subcommittee working on “Recommendations on the Implementation of 46 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter M—Inspection of Towing Vessels (Task 16-01)”
  3. Update on the National Towing Safety Advisory Committee and the December 4, 2020 termination date for the Towing Safety Advisory Committee.
  4. Public comment period.

Review the Federal Register notice for more information.

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