TVIB News Subchapter M Updates

USCG: Harmonization of Fire Protection Equipment Standards for Towing Vessels


The Coast Guard is finalizing an interim final rule that applied the changes made by the 2016 final rule, “Harmonization of Standards for Fire Protection, Detection, and Extinguishing Equipment,” to inspected towing vessels. The interim final rule, published February 26, 2018 in the Federal Register, aligned fire protection and equipment regulations for inspected towing vessels with other commercial vessel regulations.

Click here to download the Federal Register Notice 2018-23314 83 FR 53818


TVIB TRAINING: Remaining Training Opportunities for 2018

Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) – Nov 5-6 in Houston, TX

TVIB has partnered with ACTSafe Training in this Coast Guard Recognized Marine Internal Lead Auditor course (2-day course) , which is designed to teach the specific skills and knowledge necessary to conduct and lead internal audits for commercial marine companies. This fast-paced, informative course requires active participation and successfully completing practical exercises, quizzes, and a final exam in order to earn a certificate.

This course meets the requirement of ANSI Z 490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training and 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2) for those individuals performing internal audits under Subchapter M. This is NOT the appropriate course for those individuals seeking certification to perform TSMS audits for TVIB as a TPO.

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Sub M Auditor Certification – Nov 13-15 in Houston, TX

The Subchapter M Auditor Certification course (3-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 meets the requirements of 46 CFR 139.130(b)(4) for those seeking to perform external audits under a TPO.

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Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV)Dec 4-7 in Houston, TX

The Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course (4-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.

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Make sure to stop by Booth 3944 at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans – November 28-30. We look forward to seeing you there.
Upcoming TVIB Board Meeting in New Orleans November 27th. Stay tuned for details and registration. We will host an info session that same morning.

USCG: Updated Guidance and Policy on Manning of Inspected Towing Vessels

Reposted from the USCG Maritime Commons

9/26/2018: Updated guidance and policy on manning of inspected towing vessels

The Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise posted a notice on its website Sept. 12, 2018 to alert mariners that the manning section of TugSafe Central has been revised to clarify current guidance and policy regarding manning of inspected towing vessels. Additionally, a new section entitled “Determining Manning Levels” was added to provide guidance and references for developing and evaluating manning levels for these vessels.

This guidance can assist vessel owners and operators as they propose manning levels to the Coast Guard when requesting an initial inspection for certification. The “Manning” and “Determining Manning Levels” sections can be found in the Credentials, Documents and Reports section.

For more information about this notice, contact the TVNCOE at (270) 444-7715 or via email at

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