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SUB M – Policy Letter – Issuance of COI for Towing Vessels


The Coast Guard issued a policy letter identifying the circumstances in which an uninspected towing vessel (UTV) decal may be used to meet certain requirements regarding issuance of the initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) under Subchapter M.

Click here to download the policy letter.

MSIB-Vapor Pressure Relief Valve Testing on Pneumatic Systems

Excerpt from MSIB Number 004-17 published 03/07/2017

Due to a mishap from improper testing of a vapor safety relief valve on a compressed air system, the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC) reminds all those concerned of the risks and best practices in conducting or witnessing the testing of relief valves. While this information is based on testing compressed air systems using vapor relief valves, the guidance is also relevant to safety valves in other pressure systems, except boilers.

Click here to review and download the full document.

TVIB at the Inland Waterways Conference and Upcoming Classes

We invite you to stop by our booth next week at the Inland Waterways Conference being hosted at the Hyatt Regency in Cincinnati.  If you have fellow industry friends with questions or prospective TPO customers bring them by and let’s have a conversation. We encourage our auditor and surveyor members to stop by the booth to catch up on all that’s been happening in your organization.

TVIB will be represented on a panel Tuesday morning titled “Special Forum: Sub Chapter M: The Changing Face of Coast Guard Inspections.”  There will be industry representatives from towing companies, Third Party Organizations, and USCG representatives on this panel. Click here to download the agenda for the conference.  Thank you all for your continued support of TVIB, we look forward to seeing you next week. Please make sure to stop by visit with us a bit.

Not a member yet?  Been thinking about joining TVIB? Stop by next week and let’s talk.

Don’t forget we have two upcoming classes open for registration:

Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) – March 21-22 in Houston, TX – Click here for more information

Surveyor of Inspected Towing Vessels (SITV) – April 3-7 in Mandeville, LA – Click here for more information

Click here to view all course offerings from TVIB.