On 03/27/2020 the USCG published MSIB Number: 11-20 Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers
The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine
Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and economic
vitality. During the ongoing national emergency, it is paramount that we
safeguard the continued operation of the MTS in the face of the acute and
evolving threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The MTS, which provides more
than 90 percent of the domestic supply chain, is dependent on an extensive
support network comprised of workers from both the private and public sectors.
On March 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency (CISA), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
issued a memorandum that developed an initial list of “Essential Critical
Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to
protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to
public health and safety, as well as economic and national security (The most
current version can be found:
CISA memorandum and this MSIB are advisory in nature and quarantine orders and
their enforcement are ultimately up to State and local officials. This MSIB
should be used to provide further clarification when making determinations
regarding which MTS workers are considered essential in regions impacted by
COVID-19 quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.
Click here to download MSIB Number: 11-20 Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers
On 03/27/2020 the USCG published MSIB Number: 10-20 COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements
To help protect our essential maritime workforce, while also ensuring drug testing continues to serve as a deterrent, the Coast Guard is providing the following guidance, which, along with any subsequent updates, will remain in effect during the COVID-19 national emergency.
Click here to download MSIB Number: 10-20 COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements
TPO Customers are reminded to call the 24-hour Response Line when reporting CG-835Vs/Marine Casualties/Major Non-Conformities/Unsafe Conditions. Utilizing the 24-hour response line will ensure you are directed to the appropriate on-call staff member.
24-Hour Response Line – 888-983-TVIB (8842)
To our industry partners and friends, we wish you well and urge you to listen to directives from your local, state and federal officials throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At 0815 this morning Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced a stay-at-home order for Harris County, Texas, which includes unincorporated areas of the county where our main office is located and most of our local staff reside. The order goes into effect at midnight tonight and continues through April 3rd. This time frame will be closely monitored and evaluated by city, county and state officials. We will continue to keep you updated with any developments that could impact our operation or the greater maritime community we serve.
We are closing the main office immediately and all staff will be working remotely. Our main phone number of 832-323-3992 will be answered using an automated attendant that will present the caller with choices to route the call to the appropriate staff member. You can still contact each staff member directly by calling their direct line which can be found on the “Our Staff” page on our website. The majority of our staff routinely work remotely at central locations throughout the inland river system and we are prepared to maintain continuity of services.
Be well, be safe and stay sanitized.