TVIB News Subchapter M Updates

TVIB Training: Training Opportunities for 2020

We have a limited number of seats available for our upcoming Virtual Sub M Auditor Certification course and Virtual Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV) course being held in October and November.

Sub M Auditor Certification – Oct 6-7 Virtual Training

The Subchapter M Auditor Certification course (2-day course) teaches external (third-party) auditors how to audit a company’s TSMS, with an emphasis on those companies using the American Waterways Operators’ Responsible Carrier Program as the framework for their TSMS. Students who successfully complete this course will have an in-depth understanding of auditing both safety management systems and the vessels that operate under those systems and what compliance means under Subchapter M. This is the appropriate course for those individuals seeking certification to become an approved TPO Auditor, as well as an RCP Lead Auditor/Vessel Auditor.  This course is also ideal for company personnel who want to better understand the expectations of their external auditor.

This course is substantially equal to an ISO 9001 course approved by the USCG as a “recognized equivalent to the requirements of 46 Code of Federal Regulations, 139.130(b)(3), lead auditor/assessor course.

More information and registration.

Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV) Nov 3-5 Virtual Training

The Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course (3-day course) provides surveyors with the knowledge and skills required to perform TVIB TPO Subchapter M annual surveys of towing vessels. It has been designed to teach those who will be performing surveys as a part of an internal survey program, as well as those surveyors who wish to hold the credential to perform external surveys for TVIB. Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a course completion certificate. This course is the surveying course required for those individuals seeking the TVIB Certified Subchapter M Surveyor for Annual Surveys credential.

More information and registration.

USCG: NEW Work Instruction – CVC-WI-018(1) Laid Up Inspected/Examined Vessels

09/01/2020 – USCG published CVC-WI-018(1) Laid Up Inspected /Examined Vessels work instruction. The document provided guidance to the local units when changing a vessel status or returning it to service. It addresses the differences between inspected towing vessels with and without a COI at the time of the status change. The WI also addresses vessel inspection fees for vessels in a laid up status.

Purpose. The purpose of this work instruction (WI) is to establish guidance for Captains of the Port (COTP), Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI), Marine Inspectors (MI) and Port State Control Officers (PSCO) placing a vessel into a laid up or inactive status, and returning those vessels back to service. This WI is applicable to U.S. flag inspected vessels and foreign flag vessels subject to Coast Guard Port State Control, to include Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODU).

Click here to download CVC-WI-018(1) Laid Up Inspected /Examined Vessels

USCG: MSIB Inner Harbor Navigational Canal Lock Closure and GIWW Alternate Route

Published 08/17/2020

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.

Click here to download the full MSIB.