From the desk of Capt. Matt Edwards, chief, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance On July 20, 2018, towing vessel owners and operators will be responsible for ensuring that their vessels comply with […]
To keep our readers informed as the towing vessel industry continues to move toward full compliance with Subchapter M requirements, the Coast Guard will begin sharing Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise’s TPO approval announcements on Maritime Commons.
To obtain a COI, the owner or managing operator of the towing vessel should follow the steps outlined in 46 CFR 136.210. The local Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection may, as resources permit, issue a COI based upon an onboard inspection or a valid Uninspected Towing Vessel decal as provided in CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-01.
The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise recently published the latest additions and updates to the Frequently Asked Questions regarding Subchapter M, inspected towing vessels. As a convenience for our readers, in this post Maritime Commons is providing a compilation of those changes.
MTN 1-17 identifies the process for requesting and documenting verification of compliance with design standards, and cancels MSC Bulletin 04-16.
The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise announced on its website Dec. 6, 2017, the availability of a new job aid, Tug Safe, designed to assist with preparation, completion and documentation of inspections and/or surveys of commercial towing vessels required to comply with Subchapter M.
This policy letter provides guidance to Coast Guard entities including Officer(s) in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI), Third Party Organizations (TPO), and the marine industry on the recording and reporting of deficiencies and non-conformities on vessels whose owners have chosen to use the TSMS option. The overall responsibility for vessel compliance rests with the vessel owner and/or managing operator. TPOs conduct independent verifications of a company’s TSMS and towing vessels to verify compliance with the requirements of 46 CFR Subchapter M.
10/31/2017: Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise provides tips for Third-Party Organization applicants
The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise provided these tips for entities interested submitting a Third Party Organization application under Subchapter M.
The purpose of Policy Letter 17-04 is to assist the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise, Officer(s) in Charge, Marine Inspection, and the maritime industry on TPO requirements. Entities within the maritime industry that are or want to become a TPO, or who use or are considering using a TPO, should be familiar with the contents of Policy Letter 17-04.