TVIB News Subchapter M Updates

USCG: UPDATE CVC-WI-010(2) to Address Dayshapes/Lights

6/17/2019 The USCG Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has issued Change 2 to CVC-WI-010(2) OCMI Guidance on Special Consideration for 46 CFR Subchapter M Vessels.

They have added language related to navigation lights and shapes. We are presently reviewing the added language and will provide TVIB specific feedback in the coming days.

Click here to download CVC-WI-010(2) OCMI Guidance on Special Consideration for 46 CFR Subchapter M Vessels

USCG: Revised Towing Vessel Particulars form

The USCG Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance has issued a revised Towing Vessel Particulars form, dated 05/21/2019. Download link below.

Click here to download CVC-FM-004(2) – 5/21/2019 Towing Vessel Particulars

AWO: RCP Certificaiton​ Alignment with TSMS Certificates

June 3, 2019

The AWO Standards Board recently shared two memos and guidance to clarify the alignment of a member’s RCP certification dates with their TSMS certificate dates for RCP certified companies that elected the TSMS option.

The two memos cover the following:

  1. The first clarifies that correspondence shared by AWO with its members in 2015 which contained an audit transition plan for AWO members implementing the AWO Board-approved changes to the RCP which were designed to ensure its acceptance by the USCG as an existing TSMS under Subchapter M. The memo notes that for those members who have aligned their RCP certification date with that of their company’s initial TSMS Certificate issuance date, the audit transition plan shared in 2015 conflicts and is therefore no longer applicable. This memo directs those companies – who have aligned their compliance dates – to follow the five-year audit schedule from that date forward.
  2. The second memo deals with the alignment of RCP certification dates and initial TSMS Certificate issuance dates (mentioned above). The RCP Standards Board is extending the date by which companies who already have already received their initial TSMS Certificate and have had it for more than 90 days to still request alignment no later than July 1, 2019. This will allow companies who perhaps have not taken the opportunity to align their dates, and still want to, to do so.

For TVIB TPO customers that are RCP certified, please confirm that you have aligned your RCP certification date to your TSMS certificate date. If you have NOT done, please take benefit of the final extension and do so NO LATER than July 1, 2019.

After this deadline you will not be allowed to align your two certifications and will likely have duplicative audit cycles.

Click here to download both memos (we have packaged them together in a singled PDF).