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TVIB Talks March 23-All About the DPA

Do you know what Subchapter M requires of the Designated Person Ashore (DPA)? Are you looking for ways your organization can set the DPA up for success, while following the regulatory requirements of this person?

Join us for our bi-monthly FREE webinar series, TVIB Talks, on March 23, 2023 at 2:00 PM CDT for an exciting conversation with guest speakers Rick Dunn, President of SafeMARINER, LLC and David Foret, Jr. of the ACTion group, who will focus on considerations for the DPA, company management, internal and external auditors and anyone involved in safety and compliance.

During this one-hour webinar, we will discuss the following:

  • How the DPA requirements of Sub M, RCP and ISM Code differ
  • What organizations can do to help set the DPA up for success
  • What steps the DPA and company management can take to protect themselves
  • Whether the DPA can be an internal auditor for a very small company

We will also dive into a real-life case study: Certified Letter From USCG to DPA after a Fatality … what to do if this happens?

While TVIB Talks webinars are usually only open to TVIB members, this special session is open to anyone in the industry who is looking for tips for the DPA, ways to stay in compliance and prevent future issues from occurring.


If you are looking for additional training opportunities for DPAs, Internal Auditors or on risk management generally, please visit the ACTSafe Training website.

TVIB: Staff News, Welcome Ken Lamph

We would like to welcome Ken Lamph to the TVIB team as our new Operations Manager. Ken will be an integral part of our Operations Team and the primary staff resource for our TPO customers based on the lower Mississippi River, Gulf Coast, and East Coast. His focus will be coordinating audit and survey report reviews and supporting our TPO customers’ needs with Subchapter M related Coast Guard needs, from COI issues to CG-835V/Marine Casualty concerns and related TPO activities. He will also be assisting in developing and delivering training for auditors, surveyors, and customers, and involved in the drydock/internal structural examinations for TPO customers.

Ken has over 21 years of marine-related experience through his service in the US Coast Guard. Ken’s time as a member of the Coast Guard has provided him the opportunity to advance through a series of engineer and inspector positions, each with increasing responsibility. Ken has worked across a broad range of disciplines ranging from project planning, operations, engineering maintenance, and casualty correction. He has been directly interacting with TPOs over the last few years during the initial implementation of Subchapter M. He has conducted drydock/internal structural examinations and verified that repairs and testing were conducted in accordance with Coast Guard regulations and industry standards. Ken spent time as an instructor at the Coast Guard’s Yorktown Training Center in both course development and delivery. He has been involved in the improvement of staff performance and skills by revamping operations, maintenance, and training programs at multiple units which led to these units receiving the Coast Guard’s Kimball Award in recognition of outstanding achievement. His assignments have included MSU Paducah, Sector Corpus Christi, Station Yaquina Bay, Yorktown Training Center, Station Mayport, and Station Suislaw River.

With Ken’s engineering and training background, we are excited to have him join our team and add to our strengths in accomplishing our two core missions of providing best-in-class TPO services and training for certification in multiple disciplines.

Ken and his wife Sallissa live in Fancy Farm, KY near Paducah. They have been married for 26 years and have one son who has been accepted into the University of Kentucky’s engineering program. Ken likes to go camping, fishing, hunting, and riding motorcycles. He also enjoys automotive restoration and woodworking.

Ken is transitioning out of the Coast Guard and into civilian life in the coming days and will join us on staff, Monday, February 21st, please be sure to welcome him when you get a chance.


TVIB: Introducing Bi-monthly “TVIB Talks” Series

TVIB is kicking off a new series of bi-monthly “TVIB Talks” with the first session being next week on Thursday, January 27th.  This series will offer TVIB staff the opportunity to share the latest developments, issues, and trends related to Subchapter M and our perspective on those topics.  Equally important will be the opportunity for TVIB Members (TPO Customers and their staff along with TVIB Certified Auditors and Surveyors) to participate in the conversation by talking with us about the information presented and sharing topics of interest to them.

These 1-hour sessions will follow a bi-monthly schedule occurring at 2:00 pm on the fourth Thursday starting next week.

TVIB Talks will be open to all TVIB Members.  Prior to each session, TVIB Members will receive an email link to register. Please save the date for these sessions and we look forward to this new method of interacting with our members.

2022 TVIB Talks Dates

January 27th
March 24th
May 23rd – Info Session in conjunction with Spring Board Meeting
July 28th
September 22nd
November 15th – Info Session in conjunction with tentatively scheduled Fall Board Meeting