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TRAINING: Upcoming Classes

We have the following upcoming classes:

Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV)

  • May 8-11 – Mandeville, LA
  • September 18-21 – Paducah, KY
  • December 4-7 – Houston, TX

Our Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course provides surveyors with the knowledge and skills required to perform TVIB TPO Subchapter M surveys. It is designed to teach those who will be performing surveys as a part of an internal survey program, as well as those who will be performing external surveys for TVIB.

Course attendees who want the TVIB Annual Surveyor or Drydock/ISE Surveyor credential must submit an application PRIOR to attending the course.

Course Information and Registration

Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) 

TVIB has partnered with ACTSafe Training in this Coast Guard recognized Marine Internal Lead Auditor course, designed to teach the specific skills and knowledge necessary to conduct and lead internal audits for commercial marine companies.

The course meets the requirements of ANSI Z 490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training and the requirements of 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2).

  • July 9-10 – Houston, TX
  • September 17-18 – Houston, TX
  • November 5-6 – Houston, TX

Course Information and Registration

See below for details and open registration on two additional courses offered following the MILA course. These two newest course offerings can be taken on their own or as an add-on to the MILA course:

Risk Management

The one-day course covers Qualitative Risk Assessments (QRA), Risk Assessment vs. Risk Management, overview of the ISO 31000 Risk Management standard, best practices in JSAs and the “Risk Pyramid”. Participants will leave this course with a better understanding of what risk tools are and how to use select risk tools in a marine organization. Participants will be provided with a process to conduct Qualitative Risk Assessments and Job Safety Analysis. Principles of risk management including risk strategies will be covered.

  • July 11 – Houston, TX
  • September 19 – Houston, TX
  • November 7 – Houston, TX

Course Information and Registration

Subchapter M TSMS Objectives for Management & Designated Persons

This course covers: the history of Designated Person (DP), understanding the importance of TSMS purpose, design, implementation issues, DP requirements for RCP, Sub M & ISM Code, critical success factors for successful management systems, advanced view of James Reasons’ causation model, Management of Change, Hierarchy of Controls, what should generate corrective and preventive actions, effective Management Review practices for high performing organizations and more. These subjects and more are explored using case studies, videos, group discussions and practical exercises. This course is critical for managers and DPs in a regulated world.

  • July 12 – Houston, TX
  • September 20 – Houston, TX
  • November 8 – Houston, TX

Course Information and Registration


USCG: Subchapter M Regulations and Marine Firefighting Requirements – Two Perspectives


The Coast Guard Maritime Commons published a two-piece post to help those operators that fall under Subchapter M (goes into effect July 20, 2018) to understand how the new regular may affect a towing vessel’s ability to be used as a resource provider in a Vessel Response Plan. The first part was written with the towing vessel owner/operator in mind, and the second part, immediately following, is written for the Vessel Response Plan holder. (Paraphrased from the original post)

Click here to access the full post on the Coast Guard Maritime Commons.

USCG: 2018 State of the Coast Guard Address


Adm. Paul Zukunft, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, delivered the State of the Coast Guard Address March 1 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. This was Zukunft’s final State of the Coast Guard Address, as he will retire June 1, following the Commandant’s Change of Command.

Click here to access the video and written transcript of the commandant’s speech.