09/01/2020 – USCG published CVC-WI-018(1) Laid Up Inspected /Examined Vessels work instruction. The document provided guidance to the local units when changing a vessel status or returning it to service. It addresses the differences between inspected towing vessels with and without a COI at the time of the status change. The WI also addresses vessel inspection fees for vessels in a laid up status.
Purpose. The purpose of this work instruction (WI) is to establish guidance for Captains of the Port (COTP), Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI), Marine Inspectors (MI) and Port State Control Officers (PSCO) placing a vessel into a laid up or inactive status, and returning those vessels back to service. This WI is applicable to U.S. flag inspected vessels and foreign flag vessels subject to Coast Guard Port State Control, to include Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU).
US Coast Guard District 8 published an MSIB on the IHNC lock closure and the impacts on ITVs with COIs issued for Rivers Routes.
Effective 08/31/2020 and continuing for approximately for 60 days the IHNC will be closed to all marine traffic due to dewatering operations, repairs, and maintenance. For the duration of the closure an alternate route has been established utilizing the Mississippi River (Alternate Route). The Alternate Route will be completed by transiting via the Baptiste Collette Bayou Channel, through Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, as well as to and from the eastern reaches of the GIWW near its intersection with the Gulfport Ship Channel.
The USCG has made arrangements for vessels subject to 46 CFR Subchapter M that normally operate on Rivers routes (less than 3 nautical miles from shore) as indicated in the MSIB.
We would like to welcome Capt. Tony Garces to TVIB. Initially Tony will be focused on coordinating the processing of audits and surveys while working to support our TPO customers with CG-835V/Marine Casualty concerns.
Tony brings 18 years of experience in the marine industry. He started his career in 2002 as a deckhand and climbed the ladder over the years. Tony held positions from deckhand, mate, tankerman, engineer, port engineer, steersman, pilot, captain, and port captain. His experience on towboats range from 800 HP -7200 HP, 1-35 barges, fleeting/ICW/all rivers, as well as offshore towing.
Tony’s most recent position was Captain at Inland Marine Service. He rode Captain on various IMS customer vessels in the 6000 HP class, and piloted 15-25 barge line haul tows on the LMR & UMR.
Later in Tony’s career as a captain he decided to apply his experience and began auditor and surveyor training at TVIB. Soon after Tony was promoted to port captain at Genesis Marine. At Genesis Tony was responsible for managing a fleet of company vessels and charter vessels. He conducted navigation assessments, posted pilots, conducted audits, prepared vessels for TSMS surveys/audits with the TPO (both inland and offshore fleet), conducted audit preparations for SIRE audits on boats and barges, rode company vessels through the Upper Baton Rouge bridges, and volunteered at the Vicksburg Vessel Information Center during high water navigation.
Tony’s operational and compliance experience will be a welcomed addition at TVIB. His diverse career gives him a unique perspective that will be put to good use. Tony resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please be sure to welcome him when you get a chance, you will find his contact info on the website under Our Staff.