Annual Survey of Towing Vessels Course

Course Description – 4 DAY COURSE

Our Annual Survey of Towing Vessels 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.

Course attendees who wish to receive the Certified Subchapter M Surveyor for Annual Surveys credential also need to submit a complete application PRIOR to attending the course. The applicant’s credentials and work experience will be reviewed by the TVIB Surveyor Certification Subcommittee to confirm the applicant meets the requirements to become a TVIB Certified Surveyor. Upon successful completion of the course, approval by the TVIB Membership Committee, and receipt of the first year of membership dues, TVIB will submit the applicant to the USCG for final approval as qualified to perform work on behalf of TVIB in its role as a TPO.

*If you are a TVIB member please register through the member portal to receive your member discount.

**If you are a TPO customer employee or a Supporting Organization employee, please contact your company’s representative for log in information to obtain the member discount for this course.

REGISTER         September 17-20, 2019 — Paducah, KY (Venue TBD)

Hotel Information TBD

Who Should Attend

Internal Surveyors:This course is designed for individuals seeking training on the requirements for Internal Surveyors as specified in section 137.315 Internal Survey Programs, and are looking to become proficient at conducting Subchapter M compliant internal surveys under the oversight of a Third Party Organization “TPO.”

Third Party Surveyors: This course is also for those surveyors who wish to become a TVIB Certified Subchapter M Surveyor for Annual Surveys. TVIB requires this credential for those individuals who plan to work through TVIB to offer annual surveys to TPO customers. If you are interested in obtaining this credential, you will need to complete and submit the surveyor member application and application fee PRIOR to coming to class. 

  • Those individuals who want the training without becoming certified are not required to submit a TVIB membership application.
  • This course is open to TVIB members and non-members alike.
  • Note: In addition, students who are NOT Certified NDT technicians will be required to successfully complete an online course covering correct interpretation of Ultrasonic Thickness Testing Report prior to certification.

What’s Covered

  • Subchapter M Overview
  • The role of the TPO and Obligations of Surveyors
  • Survey Standards
  • Conduction of Survey Basics
  • Report Writing
  • Ultrasonic Thickness Gauging
  • Confined Space Entry
  • Naval Architecture for Surveyors
  • Lifesaving Equipment
  • Fire Protection Equipment
  • Towing Gear
  • Navigation Equipment
  • Sanitary Examination
  • Unsafe Practices
  • Manning
  • Prevention of Oil Pollution
  • Scope of Drydock Examination
  • Record Keeping
  • Practical Exercises
  • Final Examination

Please note that TVIB reserves the right to cancel this course based on enrollment numbers and/or instructor availability no later than two weeks before the first day of class.  TVIB will not be responsible for reimbursements to course registrants for travel/accommodation expenses.