US Coast Guard District 8 published an MSIB on the IHNC lock closure and the impacts on ITVs with COIs issued for Rivers Routes.
Effective 08/31/2020 and continuing for approximately for 60 days the IHNC will be closed to all marine traffic due to dewatering operations, repairs, and maintenance. For the duration of the closure an alternate route has been established utilizing the Mississippi River (Alternate Route). The Alternate Route will be completed by transiting via the Baptiste Collette Bayou Channel, through Breton and Chandeleur Sounds, as well as to and from the eastern reaches of the GIWW near its intersection with the Gulfport Ship Channel.
The USCG has made arrangements for vessels subject to 46 CFR Subchapter M that normally operate on Rivers routes (less than 3 nautical miles from shore) as indicated in the MSIB.
We are seeing the first CG-835Vs issued to vessels for failure to meet the 25% from last July. In the image above you can read the text from the description of the issue cited during and “Administrative Inspection.” In this case, the owner/managing operator of the vessel has been given 90-days to make the vessel available for a Coast Guard COI inspection. If the inspection has not been completed by the 90th day the CG-835V will transition from a code “705 Other: rectify in 90 days” to a code “60 Rectify deficiencies prior to movement” at which time the vessel will no longer be allowed to operate.
Last week on the AWO Summer of Safety conversation with RDML
Timme, he communicated the same for the upcoming 50% COI requirement for vessel
fleets of more than one vessel and for all owner/managing operators of only one
existing towing vessel.
COVID-19 has not pushed back any compliance deadlines set forth in the regulations. The USCG has provided guidance on extensions for certain events and the option of virtual events where feasible. TVIB recently extended the date for activities in which a TPO customer may request an extension or virtual events. Audit and survey activities that have a compliance deadline between now and July 31, 2020, that will not be attainable due to restrictions caused by COVID-19 are eligible to submit the request in accordance with the TVIB COVID-19 Contingency Plan for Subchapter M Compliance published on the website and linked here.
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web page for forms and additional resources.