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TVIB TRAINING: Remaining Training Opportunities for 2018

Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) – Nov 5-6 in Houston, TX

TVIB has partnered with ACTSafe Training in this Coast Guard Recognized Marine Internal Lead Auditor course (2-day course) , which is designed to teach the specific skills and knowledge necessary to conduct and lead internal audits for commercial marine companies. This fast-paced, informative course requires active participation and successfully completing practical exercises, quizzes, and a final exam in order to earn a certificate.

This course meets the requirement of ANSI Z 490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training and 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2) for those individuals performing internal audits under Subchapter M. This is NOT the appropriate course for those individuals seeking certification to perform TSMS audits for TVIB as a TPO.

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Sub M Auditor Certification – Nov 13-15 in Houston, TX

The Subchapter M Auditor Certification course (3-day course) teaches external (third-party) auditors how to audit a company’s TSMS, with an emphasis on those companies using the American Waterways Operators’ Responsible Carrier Program as the framework for their TSMS. Students who successfully complete this course will have an in-depth understanding of auditing both safety management systems and the vessels that operate under those systems and what compliance means under Subchapter M. This is the appropriate course for those individuals seeking certification to become an approved TPO Auditor, as well as an RCP Lead Auditor/Vessel Auditor.  This course is also ideal for company personnel who want to better understand the expectations of their external auditor.

This course meets the requirements of 46 CFR 139.130(b)(4) for those seeking to perform external audits under a TPO.

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Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV)Dec 4-7 in Houston, TX

The Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course (4-day course) provides surveyors with the knowledge and skills required to perform TVIB TPO Subchapter M annual surveys of towing vessels. It has been designed to teach those who will be performing surveys as a part of an internal survey program, as well as those surveyors who wish to hold the credential to perform external surveys for TVIB. Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a course completion certificate. This course is the surveying course required for those individuals seeking the TVIB Certified Subchapter M Surveyor for Annual Surveys credential.

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Make sure to stop by Booth 3944 at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans – November 28-30. We look forward to seeing you there.
Upcoming TVIB Board Meeting in New Orleans November 27th. Stay tuned for details and registration. We will host an info session that same morning.

USCG: MMC Application Package Submission Guidelines


Excerpt from the Coast Guard Maritime Commons

“The National Maritime Center posted guidance on its website to help mariners submit a complete and accurate Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC) application package. These guidance documents are intended to aid mariner applicants in properly completing the CG-719B Application for MMC and the Evidence of Sea Service forms. To ensure mariners receive credentials within the NMC-stated processing goal of 30 days, proper submission of this documentation is essential.”

Click here to read the full post from the Maritime Commons.

Click here to read the MMC Applications Package Submission Guidelines.

USCG: MSIB 13-18: Special Considerations for Sub M – Flammable/Combustible Storage Cabinets


USCG Sector Houston-Galveston issued MSIB 13-18: Special Considerations for Subchapter M Regulations – Flammable/Combustible Storage Cabinets. This MSIB addresses requests related to existing aluminum constructed flammable/combustible storage cabinets and the circumstances that Sector Houston-Galveston will consider them as meeting the requirements of 46 CFR 142.225 when issuing a COI to an inspected towing vessel (ITV).

Click here to read MSIB 13-18 from USCG Sector Houston-Galveston