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 release of CVC Policy Letter 18-01, CH.2, Guidance on the Audit Scheme for Vessels Using a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option.   

The revised policy letter can be found at the following link:  CG-CVC Policy Letters (

Changes include, among other things, guidance on the initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) under the TSMS option and external vessel audits.

For any questions, please contact CVC-4 staff at:

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