TVIB News Subchapter M Updates

USCG: Sub M – Contact Local OCMI to Schedule COI Inspection


The Coast Guard’s Office of Commerical Vessel Compliance (CVC) issued a letter to Towing Vessel Owners and Operators encouraging them to begin contacting their local OCMI to schedule the vessel’s initial COI Inspection.

Click here to download the letter.

As a TPO representing many vessel owners and managing operators that have been participating in a Coast Guard-accepted existing safety management system we recognize that many of our TPO Customers intend to take benefit of CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-02 (dated 05/24/2017) which may allow them to use a valid UTV Decal in lieu of the COI Inspection.  Acceptance of the UTV Decal in lieu of the COI Inspection is strictly at the discretion of each OCMI. We encourage you to reach out to each of the OCMIs where you will file an application for COI (CG-Form 3752) to determine their expectations.

Click here to download CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-02.

USCG: Vessel Response Plans and the New Subchapter M Towing Vessel Regulations


The Coast Guard published guidance on the integration of existing Vessel Response Plans (VRP) with the impending Subchapter M regulations. The piece focuses on the Certificate of Inspection (COI) that will be required on most towing vessels and what impacts this might have on a vessel listed in a VRP.

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USCG: CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-01 Guidance On The Audit Scheme For Vessels Using A Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option


The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance issued CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-01 Guidance On The Audit Scheme For Vessels Using A Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option.

The purpose of this policy letter is to provide clarification and guidance to the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (NCOE), Officer(s) in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI), Third Party Organizations (TPO), and the marine industry on the vessel audit scheme during phase-in and post phase-in periods for vessels whose owners have chosen to use the TSMS option.

Click here to download CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-01