11/20/2018: Towing Safety Advisory Committee teleconference scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the Towing Safety Advisory Committee will meet via teleconference Dec. 5, 2018, to discuss the three current tasks assigned to the committee. This teleconference will be open to the public.


11/9/2018: Engineering Design & Testing (EDT) approved as third party organization under Subchapter M

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise posted on its website Nov. 7, 2018, that the Coast Guard has approved Engineering Design & Testing (EDT) as a third-party organization to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M.


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

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 option.


9/5/2018: Updated Subchapter M FAQs now available

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 made as of Aug. 27, 2018.


8/9/2018: Recap of Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators steering committee meeting

The Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators Safety Partnership held its National Quality Steering Committee meeting July 31, 2018, with an agenda focusing on the concerns of the partnership and industry. This meeting marked the first NQSC meeting since Subchapter M towing vessel regulations went into effect July 20, 2018.


7/20/2018: A milestone for towing vessel safety

A Final Rule published June 20, 2016, set July 20, 2018, as the compliance date for all towing vessels subject to Subchapter M even if the vessel does not have a Certificate of Inspection. Towing vessels have a strong record of safe operations, so while July 20, 2018 represents a beginning of a new regulatory regime, these vessels will continue to operate safely and provide a valuable service to the nation’s economy.


07/17/2018: TugSafe Lite is now TugSafe Central with two new sections and more links to useful information

TugSafe Lite has been expanded and retitled TugSafe Central and is an important online source for Subchapter M compliance requirements and guidance. It has two new sections and new links to regulatory cites, USCG guidance documents and a link to a downloadable electronic version that is also printer-friendly.


7/3/2018: Is your Automated Identification System ready for Subchapter M?

During the month of June 2018, over 50 percent of towing vessels operating in U.S. waters transmitted incorrect AIS data, and an alarming number of these vessels did not accurately report their dimensions or broadcast a properly assigned MMSI number. This post provides guidance to owners/operators for verifying compliancy with AIS requirements as they work to attain a COI under Subchapter M.


7/2/2018: Collecting information for Subchapter M certificates of inspection

As of June 25, 2018, the Coast Guard has issued 22 certificates of inspection to towing vessels in both the Atlantic and Pacific areas of operation. Additional inspections are scheduled between now and July 20, 2018, when Subchapter M is fully implemented. This post highlights several important points to keep in mind when seeking a COI.


6/13/2018: Recording of Subchapter M webinar available online

Coast Guard members from the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance were recently invited to participate in an American Waterways Operators webinar aimed at helping towing vessel owners and operators better understand the process of obtaining Certificates of Inspection under Subchapter M regulations. Cmdr. Jennifer Hnatow and Mr. Erik Johnson, both from the Domestic Vessel Compliance Division, were on hand to address AWO members’ questions about compliance, enforcement, and the certification process.


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