Commercial Vessel Compliance

Policy Letter Update – Guidance on the audit scheme for vessels using a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) has announced the update to Policy Letter 18-01, CH.1, Guidance on the Audit Scheme for Vessels Using a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option. 

Changes include:

  • The random external vessel audit program shall begin upon the first TSMS renewal (i.e. renewal or initial) after July 19, 2022
  • Provides an equivalent to meeting the requirements of the random external vessel audit program

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