SUB M UPDATE: USCG Issues first Certificate of Inspection (COI)

Coast Guard issues the first Certificate of Inspection (COI) under Subchapter M.

4/20/18 – Coast Guard Maritime Commons announced the issuance of the first COI for a towing vessel. The COI was issued in Sector St. Petersburg.

Today marks 90 days until Subchapter M arrives full force.

  • Is your company ready?
  • Have you decided what route you will go, TSMS or Coast Guard option?
  • If you’ve made the decision to go the TSMS route have you selected your TPO?
  • If you selected the TSMS option do you have your TSMS Certificate yet?

These are only the most basic, front-end questions that every owner or managing operator of towing vessels must answer.

If you have questions, let us help you find the right solution. We’ll be in St. Louis, May 21st through 24th for the Inland Marine Expo (IMX), stop by and visit with us.

Next week we will be communicating with our TPO Customers regarding the progress they should be making. Some of the items we’ll address are:

  • Acceptance of Internal Surveyor Qualifications
  • TSMS Certificate Issuance
  • For those companies that have already received their TSMS Certificate, we’ll address the Gap Analysis Self Assessment (GASA) and Corrective Action Plan that is due by July 20, 2018, or 90-days prior to applying for the first COI, whichever comes first
    • Feedback for those that have already submitted theirs
  • TVIB Spring Information Session – May 21st 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – St. Louis Convention Center – registration required
  • Spring Membership Meeting and Board Meeting – May 21st 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – St. Louis Convention Center – registration required



USCG: New Form CG-2692 and CG-2692B – Marine Casualty Reporting


Excerpt from the Coast Guard Maritime Commons posted on 04/18/2018. 

The CG-2692, Report of Marine Casualty, Commercial Diving Casualty, or OCS-Related Casualty, and the CG-2692B, Report of Mandatory Chemical Testing Following a Serious Marine Incident Involving Vessels in Commercial Service have both been revised to account for the amended marine casualty property damage thresholds.





SUB M TRAINING: Annual Survey of Towing Vessels – May 8-11 – Mandeville, LA

Our four day Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV) course provides surveyors with the knowledge and skills required to perform Subchapter M surveys of towing vessels. Students who successfully complete this course will have an in-depth understanding of both internal survey programs and external survey programs, the reporting requirements of each, and is the appropriate course for those seeking certification from TVIB that will put them on the path to becoming an approved TPO Surveyor.

Florida Marine
2360 5th Street
Mandeville, LA 70462

Registration Closing: May 1, 2018

Hotel Info:
TVIB has contracted with the Holiday Inn Covington to provide a block of rooms for this training.  The room rate is $89 per night, plus tax for a King room.  The hotel amenities include a free hot breakfast, Wifi and parking.  Book your room by calling 985-888-1200 and asking for the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau/Florida Marine Transporters group rate.

Hotel Address
45 Louis Prima Dr.
Covington, LA 70433

Anyone who needs the first day of the ASTV course is welcome to attend.  The fee for that is $300 for members and $400 for non members.

Registration and Information