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5/10/2019: Subchapter M requirement for Health and Safety Plan

Friday, May 10, 2019

TVNCOE issued a reminder that on or before July 22, 2019, owners and managing operators of Subchapter M towing vessels must implement a Health and Safety Plan (HSP) and the associated record-keeping procedures regardless of whether or not the vessel has been issued a Certificate of Inspection.

4/18/2019: Subchapter M – Only a few days left to schedule inspections to meet July 22, 2019 compliance requirements

Thursday, April 18, 2019

In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau reminds towing vessel owners and operators of the responsibility to ensure 25 percent of their fleet has received a COI before July 22, 2019. In addition, at least 30 days before the inspection, the owner or operator must submit a completed “Application for Inspection of a U.S. Vessel” to the OCMI indicating if the Coast Guard or Towing Safety Management System option will be used to meet these requirements.

3/18/2019: Reminder – Subchapter M certificate of inspection and marine firefighting requirements

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance would like to remind the owners and operators of towing vessels that intend to participate in marine salvage or marine firefighting contingency plans and operations to note this on their Certificate of Inspections and ensure the vessel complies with the appropriate requirements for the waters on which they will operate.

2/5/2019: Commandant discusses Arctic, Subchapter M, and more in INSIGHTS interview

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz recently did an interview with Marine Link Magazine staff for its Jan. 30, 2019, edition of INSIGHTS. During the interview, Schultz discussed a variety of issues relavent to the maritime industry, and as a courtesy Maritime Commons is providing a link to the article in an effort to keep our subscribers informed.

2/5/2019: Update to Policy Letter 17-04, “Subchapter M Third Party Organization Guidance”

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

This post provides information on updates to the Coast Guard’s Subchapter M Third Party Organization Guidebook.

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

Friday, November 9, 2018

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

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

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.

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

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

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

Monday, July 2, 2018

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.

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