The Inspections and Compliance Directorate published Marine Safety Alert 03-19, “Have a regime when the current’s abeam: Ensure adequate maneuvering space,” to educate mariners following three recent marine casualties, one fatal, that resulted in the sinking of towing vessels on the Lower Mississippi River.
10/29/2018: Fatigue risk management – A planning guide for the towing industry
Maritime Commons is sharing American Waterways Operators’ new safety plan, “Developing a Fatigue Risk Management Plan: A Guide for Towing Vessel Operators,” which is designed to help the towing industry manage and mitigate risk factors associated with fatigue in the unique operational environment in which they work.
10/25/2018: Harmonization of fire protection equipment standards for towing vessels
The Coast Guard is finalizing the interim final rule “Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment” effective Nov. 26, 2018, to align fire protection and equipment regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.
9/26/2018: Updated guidance and policy on manning of inspected towing vessels
The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise posted a notice on its website Sept. 12, 2018 to alert mariners that the manning section of TugSafe Central has been revised to clarify current guidance and policy regarding manning of inspected towing vessels.
2/26/2018: Interim rule – Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment
This interim final rule applies changes made by the 2016 final rule to inspected towing vessels. Applying these updated fire protection requirements to inspected towing vessels will align regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.