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We would like to welcome Capt. Tony Garces to TVIB. Initially Tony will be focused on coordinating the processing of audits and surveys while working to support our TPO customers with CG-835V/Marine Casualty concerns.

Tony brings 18 years of experience in the marine industry. He started his career in 2002 as a deckhand and climbed the ladder over the years. Tony held positions from deckhand, mate, tankerman, engineer, port engineer, steersman, pilot, captain, and port captain. His experience on towboats range from 800 HP -7200 HP, 1-35 barges, fleeting/ICW/all rivers, as well as offshore towing.

Tony’s most recent position was Captain at Inland Marine Service. He rode Captain on various IMS customer vessels in the 6000 HP class, and piloted 15-25 barge line haul tows on the LMR & UMR.

Later in Tony’s career as a captain he decided to apply his experience and began auditor and surveyor training at TVIB. Soon after Tony was promoted to port captain at Genesis Marine. At Genesis Tony was responsible for managing a fleet of company vessels and charter vessels. He conducted navigation assessments, posted pilots, conducted audits, prepared vessels for TSMS surveys/audits with the TPO (both inland and offshore fleet), conducted audit preparations for SIRE audits on boats and barges, rode company vessels through the Upper Baton Rouge bridges, and volunteered at the Vicksburg Vessel Information Center during high water navigation.

Tony’s operational and compliance experience will be a welcomed addition at TVIB. His diverse career gives him a unique perspective that will be put to good use. Tony resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Please be sure to welcome him when you get a chance, you will find his contact info on the website under Our Staff.

USCG: D8 Policy Letter – Guidance for Towing Vessel Operating on Rivers Routes – Rule 27 and Rule 30 Navigation Lights and Day Shapes

July 20, 2020 – D8 has published its much awaited policy on the dayshapes and lights.

Click here to download D8 (dp) Policy Letter 02-20.

USCG: 32 Days from the 50% COI Requirement of 07/20/2020 – 835s Issued for Failure to Meet the 2019 25% COI Requirements

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.

Please visit our COVID-19 web page for forms and additional resources.