Today we published a COVID-19 webpage as a resource for those in the industry during these unprecedented times. We have compiled our guidelines for addressing impending Subchapter M compliance deadlines, as well as critical information and resources for our TPO customers, auditors and surveyors. Additionally, we have shared additional documents from the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Waterways Operators. We will continue to update the page as we receive updates from the CDC and other federal agencies.
At this time we are postponing all scheduled training through May 31, 2020. We will reevaluate the schedule as additional information and guidance on COVID-19 is released. You can email email@example.com for more information or stay tuned to the blog and education webpages on the TVIB website.
On 03/27/2020 the USCG published MSIB Number: 11-20 Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers
The uninterrupted flow of commerce on our Marine
Transportation System (MTS) is critical to both National Security and economic
vitality. During the ongoing national emergency, it is paramount that we
safeguard the continued operation of the MTS in the face of the acute and
evolving threats posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The MTS, which provides more
than 90 percent of the domestic supply chain, is dependent on an extensive
support network comprised of workers from both the private and public sectors.
On March 19, 2020, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure
Security Agency (CISA), within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
issued a memorandum that developed an initial list of “Essential Critical
Infrastructure Workers” to help State and local officials as they work to
protect their communities while ensuring continuity of functions critical to
public health and safety, as well as economic and national security (The most
current version can be found:
CISA memorandum and this MSIB are advisory in nature and quarantine orders and
their enforcement are ultimately up to State and local officials. This MSIB
should be used to provide further clarification when making determinations
regarding which MTS workers are considered essential in regions impacted by
COVID-19 quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.
Click here to download MSIB Number: 11-20 Maintaining Maritime Commerce and Identification of Essential Maritime Critical Infrastructure Workers
On 03/27/2020 the USCG published MSIB Number: 10-20 COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements
To help protect our essential maritime workforce, while also ensuring drug testing continues to serve as a deterrent, the Coast Guard is providing the following guidance, which, along with any subsequent updates, will remain in effect during the COVID-19 national emergency.
Click here to download MSIB Number: 10-20 COVID-19 – Guidance for Maritime Operators on Compliance with Federal Drug Testing Requirements