TVIB News Cindy Hunsaker

TVIB Course Reschedule Alert!

March 13, 2020

Dear Industry Partners and Friends,

Due to the growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and out of an abundance of caution we have decided to reschedule the upcoming Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV) course scheduled for April 14th – 16th at our main office in Channelview, TX.

We have rescheduled this training for June 23rd – 25th in Channelview, TX. We hope those that have already registered for the original dates will move to the new dates in June. Of course, anyone unable to attend can have those funds placed on account for future courses or request a full reimbursement.

Finally, if you’ve reserved a room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, you will need to contact the hotel directly at 346-410-5050 and cancel within the timeframe specified in your reservation details to prevent penalties.

We will greatly miss our time together, but we look forward to seeing you at one of our future training dates. If you have further questions or concerns, we are here to help! Always feel free to email or call 832-323-3992.

Kind Regards,

Your TVIB Staff

TVIB Training Opportunity Alert – First Annual Survey of Towing Vessels Course for 2020!

New in 2020! Our ASTV course has been shortened from a 4-day to a 3-day in class training with additional online pre-course modules that must be completed prior to class start date.

Are you looking to get certified to become a Sub M Surveyor to conduct TVIB Third Party Organization annual surveys?  Or perhaps you’re performing surveys as part of an internal survey program?

Our Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course is ideal for you!

Since the inception of the training, TVIB has hosted more than 30 USCG personnel, including investigators and inspectors from across various sectors. The combination of students from both industry and the USCG has proven to be an invaluable mix for the course, resulting in dynamic and informative discussion and insights.

Dates: Tuesday, April 14 – Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00pm
Location: ACTSafe Training Room, 15201 East Freeway, Ste. 214A Channelview, TX 77530
Course Fee: $975   TVIB Members OR $1275 Non-Members

*Please note that our only other ASTV course for 2020 is set for November 3-5 in Harahan, LA

Register for the April training at the link below or contact Cindy Hunsaker at: 832-323-2182 — for assistance.

TVIB: 2019 Fall Informational Session

TVIB would like to invite you to attend our 2019 Fall Industry Informational Session to be held December 3rd, 2019 from 9am – 12pm CST at Turn Services, 3333 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70117.

Agendas for the Informational Session and Board Meeting were sent out yesterday to membership along with registration links for each event.

Topics to be covered include:

1.  New Vessel Construction

               a.  TVIB Guidance Document and Experiences from the Field

               b.  Anticipated Path Forward for New Towing Vessels Being Built

2.  CG-835Vs and Marine Casualty Events

               a.  The Role of the TPO – what we can, cannot and must do

               b.  How TVIB is Involved in Processing and Closing Out CG-835Vs

               c.  Lessons learned

3.  Annual Surveys and External Vessel Audits in Years 2-5 of Phase In

               a.  Survey Review Process – Common Errors Identified

               b.  Changes in Review and Analysis

               c.  Developments with Coast Guard Required Limited Scope Audits After CG-835Vs

               d.  Effective Corrective Action Plans

               e.  Panel Discussion of Auditors/Surveyors – Lessons Learned, Tips and Tricks

4.  Evaluating Areas for Improvement in the TSMS

               a.  Internal Survey Program – Surveyor Qualifications

               b.  Permit to Proceed to Another Port for Repairs

               c.  Navigation Assessments

               d.  Drydocking Expectations Regarding Hull Repairs

Register at the following links:

Informational Session:

Board Meeting:

We hope to see you there!