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COVID-19: ALL TVIB Staff Working Remotely Effective Immediately

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.


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.

USCG: CANCELLED MSIB 03-19 Certificate of Documentation Guidance

First posted on Maritime Commons on 02/28/2019

The Coast Guard announced that effective Feb. 25, 2020, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 03-19, “Certificate of Documentation Guidance,” is cancelled. 

In 2019, the National Vessel Documentation Center (NVDC) was experiencing delays in the time necessary to issue a Certificate of Documentation (COD) that resulted, in part, due to the government shutdown. The purpose of MSIB 03-19 was to provide guidance to assist vessel owners affected by those delays. The Coast Guard is cancelling MSIB 03-19 because the NVDC is current with processing of COD renewal requests for both commercial and recreational vessels.