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.


9/2/2016: Subchapter M – Updated FAQs

The final rule to establish safety regulations for commercial towing vessels (known as “Subchapter M”) became effective July 20, 2016, with many of the requirements to be phased in over time. The final rule to establish safety regulations for commercial towing vessels (known as “Subchapter M”) became effective July 20, 2016, with many of the requirements to be phased in over time.


7/19/2016: Correction notice for subchapter M: Inspection of towing vessels

The Coast Guard announces the publication of a correction notice for the Inspection of Towing Vessels final rule published on June 20, 2016. The Coast Guard is issuing this correction notice to correct three dates that were listed incorrectly in the original rule. These corrections align these sections with the final rule’s amended definition of “new towing vessel” and the delayed implementation of most requirements in parts 143 and 144.


6/20/2016: Publication of subchapter M: Inspection of towing vessels

Today, the Coast Guard published subchapter M of title 46 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, which establishes new regulations and requirements for owners and operations of tows and towing vessels.


10/26/2015: New FAQ on bridge-to-bridge certificate for towing vessels

A new FAQ has been posted on when towing vessels are required to have the bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone station inspected and obtain a bridge-to-bridge certificate.


9/9/2014 Safety alert: Air draft is critical!

The Coast Guard issued marine safety alert 09-14 to bring attention to failing to properly calculate a vessel’s vertical clearance when passing under bridges, power lines and other obstructions.


4/24/2014 Fuel Shut-Off Valve Remote Operator: New FAQ posted

A new FAQ regarding fuel shut-off valve remote operators has been posted on the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise website.