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.


6/6/2018: Updated Subchapter M Frequently Asked Questions 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 May 29, 2018.


10/4/2016: Safety alert – Towing operations

The Coast Guard issued a safety alert reminding owners and operators of businesses and vessels associated with the towing of large drilling rigs, such as semi-submersibles, conical or other types of non-standard tows, of the importance of planning for such significant towing operations.


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.


7/7/2016: Policy for credentialing officers of towing vessels

The Coast Guard announced the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 03-16, Guidelines for Credentialing Officers of Towing Vessels.


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.


6/10/2016: Update on Subchapter M from the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise

Today, the Office of the Federal Register posted notice of the Subchapter M rule to the public inspection webpage. Once published, Subchapter M will establish safety regulations governing the inspection and standards of towing vessels, while providing a safety management system compliance option.


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