11/9/2016: Towing Safety Advisory Committee meeting recap

Written by Cmdr. Jose Perez, Coast Guard Office of Operating and Environmental Standards

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) held its Fall meeting in Washington, D.C., at the Department of Transportation headquarters on October  26 and 27.

The ongoing subcommittee on the Implementation of Towing Vessel regulations (Subchapter M), provided feedback and recommendations with regard to the implementation of these new regulations which will apply to over 5,000 towing vessels. The Coast Guard provided this subcommittee with a draft Third Party Organization (TPO) Guidebook for review and comment. Under Subchapter M, TPOs are organizations approved by the Coast Guard to conduct audits and surveys of towing vessels in accordance with the provisions of the Towing Safety Management System compliance option.

Additional information on the implementation of Subchapter M is available on the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise website. The Coast Guard also issued a new task statement to the Committee seeking recommendations on Operational Risks Associated With Towing Liquefied Natural Gas Barges. TSAC now has a total of five active subcommittees – with the other three being Articulated Tug and Barge Operations, Electronic Chart System Carriage Requirements, and Inland Firefighting Training Requirements. All task statements, associated reports and additional information on the current and historical work of this Committee are available on the TSAC section of Homeport.

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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