Tag: towing vessels

Policy Letters: Update to harbor assist towing beyond the boundary line and use of doublers on Subchapter M towing vessels

The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued Policy Letter 19-01 Change 1 “Enforcement Guidance for Harbor Assist Towing Vessels When Operating Beyond the Boundary Line” and Policy Letter 21-03 “Guidance Concerning the Use of Doubler Plates for Repairs Involving Towing Vessels Subject to 46 CFR Subchapter M”.

4/18/2019: Subchapter M – Only a few days left to schedule inspections to meet July 22, 2019 compliance requirements

In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau reminds towing vessel owners and operators of the responsibility to ensure 25 percent of their fleet has received a COI before July 22, 2019. In addition, at least 30 days before the inspection, the owner or operator must submit a completed “Application for Inspection of a U.S. Vessel” to the OCMI indicating if the Coast Guard or Towing Safety Management System option will be used to meet these requirements.

4/8/2019: Policy Letter 19-01 – Enforcement guidance for harbor assist vessels when operating beyond the boundary line

This policy letter provides guidance for the OCMI to exercise discretion with enforcing regulations, as appropriate, related to manning schemes, credentialing, and watchkeeping requirements so that the relatively few towing vessels that conduct harbor assist operations outside the Boundary Line have additional time to develop a workforce and business model to achieve compliance.