TVIB News Subchapter M Updates

USCG: Risk of Steering Loss From Defective Rams

The Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis has released Marine Safety Alert 06-21, to notify mariners to a potentially dangerous situation involving improperly machined threads which can lead to steering ram failure.

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USCG: Proposed Rule on User Fees for Inspected Towing Vessels – Is It On The Way?

Published 10/05/2021

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Title: User Fees for Inspected Towing Vessels

Abstract: This rulemaking would revise user fees for towing vessels inspected under 46 CFR subchapter M and update the existing user fee in 46 CFR 2.10-101 for sea-going towing vessels inspected under 46 CFR subchapter I. These user fees are for services related to the inspection of these vessels and will reflect the differences in cost to the government to provide these services to vessels that use a safety management system involving a third party and vessels that do not.

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TVNCOE Updated the Bridge to Bridge Act Radiotelephone Inspection and Certificate Guidance in TugSafe Central

The Coast Guard’s Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (TVNCOE) has made updates to TugSafe Central, regarding the Bridge to Bridge Act’s radiotelephone inspection and certificate guidance. This update is in the FCC sub-section under the Credentials, Documents and Reports and helps clarify applicability requirements as well as providing additional details.