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TVIB: Upcoming Drydock/Internal Structural Examination Course

As our Spring training schedule wraps up, TVIB is offering one final Virtual Drydock/Internal Structural Examination Course May 4th-6th, 2021. Register today as seats are limited.

Subchapter M requires all inspected towing vessels that have obtained a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to undergo a drydock and internal structural examination (DD/ISE) at least once for freshwater vessels and twice for saltwater vessels every five years.

This three-day course will provide those surveyors who plan to conduct drydock and internal structural examinations of inspected towing vessels for compliance with Subchapter M the tools, skills and knowledge to complete these examinations, and provides a path toward an industry-recognized credential. *Pre-course online work is also required.

*Registration link at the bottom of the page.

Who should attend:

  • Marine surveyors
  • Naval architects/naval engineers
  • Coast Guard Marine Inspectors and Investigators
  • Shipyard personnel involved in vessel repairs
  • Port engineers
  • Survey program managers
  • Individuals who intend to conduct drydock and internal structural examinations of ITVs

What will I learn in this course?

  • Learn how to conduct drydock examinations of towing vessels and internal structural examinations
  • Learn how to write examination reports that satisfy Subchapter M requirements
  • Understand the relationships between the third-party organization (TPO), surveyor, vessel owner/managing operator, Coast Guard and shipyard along with the expectations for each party involved
  • Understand how the vessel’s TSMS affects the DD/ISE process
  • Learn how to apply guidance from multiple reference materials to assist in making determinations of whether an item’s condition is suitable for route and service
  • Learn how to approve corrective action plans (CAP) that will meet TPO and Coast Guard expectations

* Following the successful completion of this course, individuals seeking to become credentialed DD/ISE surveyors must complete the application process and complete a practical demonstration of surveying skills, which may include a “check ride” with a certified TVIB Drydock/ISE Surveyor.

Individuals who do not intend to conduct drydock and internal structural examinations may attend the course to obtain a better understanding of what is entailed in these compliance activities.

Register–  May 4-6, 2021 – VIRTUAL

TVIB: Date Change for Subchapter M Auditor Certification Course

The Subchapter M Auditor Course has been rescheduled for April 13th-14th. Register for the April training at the link below or contact Danielle Munoz at: 832-323-4175 — for assistance.

Our Subchapter M Auditor Certification Course is for auditors who wish to become certified by TVIB to perform audits of Towing Safety Management Systems to verify compliance with Subchapter M. The American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) has been approved by the Coast Guard as an approved existing safety management system, and as such, this auditing course will cover some elements of the RCP. This is the appropriate class to complete in order to obtain a TVIB certified auditor credential. It is open to both TVIB members and non-members alike.

The course focuses on training external (third-party) auditors how to use the TVIB audit process, which was developed to meet ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems, and tailored for the unique situations auditing under Subchapter M and the RCP. It covers auditing both management systems and the vessels that operate under those systems.  It is a hybrid of online and in-classroom learning, with many practical exercises designed to allow students to practice all aspects of auditing. The online pre-course portion MUST be completed prior to attending class.

This course meets the requirements of 46 CFR 139.130(b)(4) for those seeking to perform external audits under 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- April 13-14

Who Should Attend

  • Auditors who wish to become certified by TVIB to perform American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) audits and Subchapter M TSMS audits. If you’re interested in certification, you will need to complete and submit the auditor member application and application fee. Your application must be screened by the TVIB Certification Committee and approved prior to attending the course. Those individuals who want the training without becoming certified are not required to submit a TVIB membership application.
  • Marine executives, HSE managers, operations managers, safety consultants and regulators seeking more in-depth information about the AWO RCP and Subchapter M.
  • Individuals who are interested in obtaining Subchapter M and/or the RCP training without becoming a certified auditor are welcome to attend the class.

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.    

TVIB: Training Opportunity- First Offering of 2021 Annual Survey of Towing (ASTV) Course

Enjoy the Annual Survey of Towing Vessels Course from the comfort of your home or office.

We have a limited number of seats available for our virtual class being held Tuesday, March 9th through Thursday, March 11th, 2021.

The ASTV Course is a requirement, if you are seeking TVIB Certification to become a Subchapter M Surveyor for conducting TVIB Third Party Organization annual surveys of towing vessels.

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.

Course Information & Registration

If you have any issues registering or have any further questions, please feel free to contact Danielle Munoz at