4/19/2019: Domestic vessel annual report for 2018 now available

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance is pleased to announce the publication of the 2018 Domestic Annual Report. The report highlights, U.S. domestic fleet deficiencies, inspections, and marine casualty statistics and serves as a powerful tool to study trends, identify […]


4/16/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 17th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


5/8/2018: Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise adds Tugsafe “Lite” to suite of Subchapter M job aids

The Coast Guard released TugSafe in December 2017. TugSafe is designed to streamline and maximize efficiency of the Subchapter M inspection process by providing no guesswork inspections by dynamically generating a customized inspection checklist specific to a given towing vessel. After numerous requests from the towing community, the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise announced that it has launched TugSafe “Lite” to allow access to the TugSafe compliance guidance without the need to generate a checklist for a specific vessel.


4/20/2018: First Certificate of Inspection issued under Subchapter M

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg has issued the first Certificate of Inspection in accordance with Subchapter M to the towing vessel ENDEAVOR of Marine Towing of Tampa.


2/26/2018: Interim rule – Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment

This interim final rule applies changes made by the 2016 final rule to inspected towing vessels. Applying these updated fire protection requirements to inspected towing vessels will align regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.


2/20/2018: Marine Safety Alert 2-18 Operational risk management, planning is essential to safe towing and salvage operations

Marine Safety Alert 2-18 is issued to remind commercial towing and salvage operators to assess operational risks at all times and continually reassess risks based on weather, equipment, experience, and evolving conditions on-scene.


2/6/2018: Meridian Global Consulting, LLC, approved as third-party organization under Subchapter M

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise posted on its website Feb. 2, 2018, that the Coast Guard approved Meridian Global Consulting, LLC as a third-party organization to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M.


2/2/2018: Don’t wait to schedule your towing vessel’s initial COI inspection

From the desk of Capt. Matt Edwards, chief, Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance On July 20, 2018, towing vessel owners and operators will be responsible for ensuring that their vessels comply with the provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M. As […]


2/1/2018: Summary of Congressional testimony regarding El Faro reports

Rear Admiral John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, testified Jan. 30, 2018, before the House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Subcommittee, during a hearing titled, “Examination of Reports on the El Faro Marine Casualty.” Testifying alongside Nadeau were the Hon. Earl Weener, board member, National Transportation Safety Board, and Mr. Brian Curtis, with NTSB’s Office of Marine Safety.


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