TVIB News AWO RCP Press Release

AWO: RCP Revisions Effective 01/01/2021

On 01/26/2021, the American Waterways Operations (AWO) published the revised Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) that incorporates the RCP Standards Board recommendations and board approved changes designed to make it easier for their members to meet the membership requirement to maintain third party audited compliance with a safety management system (SMS). Following are a few of the key areas of change:

  • Members may use any SMS that meets the minimum requirements of 46 CFR Part 138 to meet AWO’s SMS membership requirement and secure certification as a Responsible Carrier.
  • Companies using the TSMS option for Subchapter M compliance can simply supply AWO with a copy of their TSMS Certificate to demonstrate compliance.
  • Companies using the RCP as their SMS will benefit from the removal of unduly constraining RCP deadlines for provisional audits and the revision of internal audit and corrective action plan due dates.

The staff will be reviewing the changes and working with our leadership in the coming days to determine what, if any, impacts there are to TVIB processes for our TPO TSMS option customers currently using the RCP for compliance with 46 CFR Subchapter M as well as for those customers that have elected the USCG option and are AWO members that must maintain compliance with the RCP to meet AWO membership requirements.

Click the following hyperlinks to download the revised RCP standard with the changes that became effective 01/01/2021, along with the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) published by the AWO.

Additional information about the RCP may be found on the AWO RCP webpage.


AWO has requested TVIB to share this information with our broader audience. See below for details related to the “AWO Webinar: Addressing COVID-19: Preparedness Planning In Action!” at 1:00 pm CDT TODAY.

AWO’s Safety Leadership Advisory Panel is guiding the development of the webinar, which will feature three AWO member representatives – Ketra Anderson, Crowley Maritime Corporation; Marino Hwang, McAllister Towing Corporation; and Patrick Smith, American Commercial Barge Lines – each of whom are working with their companies to meet the challenges the ongoing outbreak of novel coronavirus poses for maritime employers.

Click here to register.

AWO: July 1 – FINAL Deadline to Harmonize TSMS Certificate and RCP Certification Dates

As a reminder, July 1 is the final deadline for an AWO RCP certified company to harmonize their RCP certification date with their TSMS certificate eliminating the need for duplicative audit cycles.

You must formally request this from AWO and submit a copy of your TSMS certificate with the request. Do not hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions.