TVIB News Subchapter M Updates

New Training Course: Drydock/Internal Structural Examination (DD/ISE) Certification

Subchapter M requires all inspected towing vessels that have obtained a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to undergo a drydock and internal structural examination (DD/ISE) at least once every five years for freshwater service and twice every five years for salt water service.

This three-day course provides surveyors who plan to conduct Subchapter M drydock and internal structural examinations of inspected towing vessels with the tools, skills and knowledge to complete these examinations, and provides a path toward an industry-recognized credential. The class also requires pre-course online work that must be completed before class.

In addition to successfully completing this course, individuals seeking to become TVIB credentialed DD/ISE surveyors must also complete the TVIB application process and a practical demonstration of surveying skills.

Individuals who do not intend to conduct drydock and internal structural examinations may attend the course to obtain a better understanding of what is entailed in these compliance activities.

May 4 – 6**Channelview, TX 
July 21 – 23Pittsburgh, PA
August 4 – 6Hebron, KY (Cincinnati)
Aug 31 – Sep 2New Orleans, LA
Nov 30 – Dec 2Paducah, KY

Click here for DD/ISE course information and registration.

**We have added a two-day Confined Space Shipyard Competent Person course to the back end of the May course. This course will run from May 7- 8 at the same location. Additional dates and details for this course will be published in the coming days.                                                                                                                                                                                    

Click here to view the full 2020 Training Calendar – which includes multiple dates for the Annual Survey of Towing Vessels and Auditor Certification courses and others.                                                                                                         

If you have any questions, please call (832) 323-3992               

TRAINING: Launch of the 2020 Training Calendar

We’re pleased to share with you the 2020 Training Calendar, showcasing the first ten courses scheduled for the year.  We have added the new Drydock/Internal Structural Examination Certification and Confined Space Shipyard Competent Person courses to our course offerings this year (click here to link to the DD/ISE course information). We will continue to add more courses as details are set.

Annual Survey of Towing Vessels April 14 – 16Channelview, TX
Drydock/ISE Certification May 4 – 6Channelview, TX
Confined Space Shipyard Competent PersonMay 7 – 8Channelview, TX
Auditor Certification June 2 – 3Channelview, TX
Drydock/ISE CertificationJuly 21 – 23Pittsburgh, PA
Drydock/ISE CertificationAugust 4 – 6Hebron, KY (Cincinnati)
Drydock/ISE CertificationAug 31 – Sep 2New Orleans, LA
Auditor Certification October 6 – 7Channelview, TX
Annual Survey of Towing Vessels November 3 – 5New Orleans, LA
Drydock/ISE CertificationNov 30 – Dec 2Paducah, KY

Click here for course information and registration.

MORE TRAINING NEWS: We’ve been listening and are developing online course offerings. First up for our online courses will be an Overview of DD/ISE for Compliance Personnel courseThis course is intended to communicate the expectations of the DD/ISE program requirements for those that elected to use an internal survey program.  We will walk through how to structure the TSMS to ensure compliance and what to expect from USCG interaction with the TPO, the DD/ISE surveyor and the organization.  We will be developing additional online course offerings and are welcome to hear suggestions and discuss topics that are well suited for the online learning environment.

If you have any questions, please call (832) 323-3992

USCG: CG-CVC Policy Letter 20-01 Subchapter M Enforcement Posture for Certificate of Inspection (COI) Phase-In Requirements

Excerpt from Coast Guard Maritime Commons – originally posted 02/21/2020

The Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance announced the publication of CG-CVC Policy Letter 20-01“Subchapter M Enforcement Posture for Certificate of Inspection (COI) Phase-In Requirements,” dated February 20, 2020.  

This policy letter provides guidance regarding the enforcement posture for towing vessels’ COI phase-in requirements within 46 CFR §136.202. As of July 20, 2018, towing vessels subject to inspection under 46 CFR Subchapter M must be in compliance with the requirements of the subchapter, even if the vessel has not yet received a Coast Guard-issued COI. With each subsequent scheduled phase-in date, regardless of inspection option chosen, companies with vessels selected in accordance with this policy that have not been issued a COI in accordance with the regulations, will be issued a Coast Guard Form CG-835V, for non-compliance.  

Read the policy letter for full details.