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Updated RCP Audit Process Documents – Publishing soon for use beginning July 1, 2017

Stay tuned for the release of updated RCP Audit Process documents. Much work has gone into these updates and our subcommittees have been quite busy.  You can expect a streamlined approach to the RCP Management and Vessel Audits. We will also be rolling out the RCP Mid-Period Management Audit Process with this release.

Make certain that you have updated your contact information on the Member Portal so you can access these documents as soon as they are published. We will send out an announcement when they are available for download from the Member Portal on the TVIB website.

The updates will become effective July 1, 2017.  Any audits that begin prior to that date will be conducted using the audit checklists in place at that time.  Audit reports and letters of compliance drafted on July 1, 2017 or later must be done so using the updated documents.

If you have any questions you can email us at This is the email to use for all audit related activities and correspondence.

TVIB Certifies to the ISO 9001:2015 Standard with ZERO Nonconformities

We recently took TVIB’s Quality Management System (QMS) and retooled the system into a single streamlined QMS to fully integrate the auditing aspects inherited from the purchase of Quality Auditing in 2016 along with TVIBs member services.  In conjunction with this effort the staff went through the rigors of upgrading the QMS from the ISO 9001:2008 standard to the ISO 9001:2015 standard.  With the upgrade in the standard we added the new elements required of the 2015 version to include Clause 4 – Context of the Organization and the increased focus in clauses 5-Leadership, 6-Planning, 7-Support, 8-Operation, 9-Performance Evaluation, and 10-Improvement.

We selected World Certification Services (WCS) Quality Registrars as our ISO registrar. On May 4th, we completed the Stage 1 Assessment with two action items to address.  On May 11th TVIB successfully completed the Stage 2 Assessment with ZERO nonconformities and were recommended for certification under ISO 9001:2015.

We are very proud of our staff for their efforts in bringing the two systems together and completing the certification audit with a clean record.  We stand ready to answer the needs of our Auditor, Surveyor and Supporting Organization Members.

SAFETY ALERT – Fuel Spray Fire

Excerpt from the USCG Marine Safety Alert Number 06-17 published 06/06/2017

This safety alert addresses yet another fuel spray fire onboard a commercial vessel. These types of incidents, involving fuel leakages contacting hot surfaces and igniting, happen too frequently and have been a focus of various marine safety organizations such as the IMO for many years. One recent marine casualty involved a 194 GRT inspected offshore supply vessel with an unmanned engine room. This engine room fire led to significant damage, operational down time of the vessel and lost company revenues. Fortunately, no one was injured during this event.

Click here to review and download the full document.