10/9/2018: Two work instructions related to Subchapter M published recently

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC), recently published two Mission Management System (MMS) Work Instructions (WI):

1. CVC-WI-013(2), Initial Towing Vessel COI Inspections Under TSMS Option
2. CVC-WI-010(1), OCMI Guidance on Special Consideration for 46 CFR Subchapter M Vessels

These instructions provide guidance to both Coast Guard field offices and the maritime industry on the Coast Guard’s interpretations regarding the application and implementation of regulations applying to towing vessel inspections for certification under 46 CFR Subchapter M and the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option. Additionally, CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-02 Ch-2 was updated to clarify questions on external audits for TSMS vessels.

The MMS is an ISO 9001 based quality management system to ensure fulfillment of domestic and international obligations for marine safety and security. This system provides a framework for CG-CVC to publish, maintain, and continually improve policy and guidance to Coast Guard units and share information with the maritime industry. Products that are intended to benefit both the Coast Guard and the maritime industry may viewed on the CG-CVC MMS website.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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