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CG D8 – Policy Letter Regarding Towing Vessel Sidelight Placement

CG D8(dp) Policy Letter 02-2022 establishes that towing vessel sidelights located on outer edge of pilothouse or superstructure are considered compliant.  Lighting requirements under the International Navigation Rules state that power-driven vessels of 20m or more shall have side lights place “at or near the side of the vessel”.  The Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Manual interprets “at or near the side of the vessel” to mean not more than 10% of the breadth of the vessel inboard from the side, up to a maximum of 2 meters.

This policy along with D8 communication clarifies that a Certificate of Alternative Compliance (COAC) is not required when a towing vessels’ sidelights are located on the outer edge of the pilothouse or superstructure.

For full details, see the policy letter here.

Remaining 2022 Fall Training Course Dates Announced

Missed out on our Spring Training Courses? You’re in luck TVIB Fall Training Course dates & registration are now available. TVIB will offer two Drydock/ISE Certification courses and one Annual Survey of Towing Vessel and TSMS Auditor Certification Course. Also, an additional Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) course will be held by the ACTion group & SafeMariner. Training courses are open to Members, Non-members, and Coast Guard. Contact our office for registration details!

Drydock/ISE Certification

August 30th – September 1st Virtual

Annual Survey of Towing Vessels

September 13th – 15th Virtual
TSMS Auditor Certification October 4th – 5th


Marine Internal Lead Auditor

(ACTion group & SafeMariner)

October 25th – 26th


Drydock/ISE Certification November 8th – 10th


Drydock/ISE – Aug 30th 

ASTV – Sept 13th

TSMS Auditor – Oct 4th

MILA – October 25th 

Drydock/ISE- Nov 8th