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TVIB Course Reschedule Alert!

March 13, 2020

Dear Industry Partners and Friends,

Due to the growing concerns of the COVID-19 virus and out of an abundance of caution we have decided to reschedule the upcoming Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV) course scheduled for April 14th – 16th at our main office in Channelview, TX.

We have rescheduled this training for June 23rd – 25th in Channelview, TX. We hope those that have already registered for the original dates will move to the new dates in June. Of course, anyone unable to attend can have those funds placed on account for future courses or request a full reimbursement.

Finally, if you’ve reserved a room at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, you will need to contact the hotel directly at 346-410-5050 and cancel within the timeframe specified in your reservation details to prevent penalties.

We will greatly miss our time together, but we look forward to seeing you at one of our future training dates. If you have further questions or concerns, we are here to help! Always feel free to email or call 832-323-3992.

Kind Regards,

Your TVIB Staff

TVIB Training Opportunity Alert – First Annual Survey of Towing Vessels Course for 2020!

New in 2020! Our ASTV course has been shortened from a 4-day to a 3-day in class training with additional online pre-course modules that must be completed prior to class start date.

Are you looking to get certified to become a Sub M Surveyor to conduct TVIB Third Party Organization annual surveys?  Or perhaps you’re performing surveys as part of an internal survey program?

Our Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course is ideal for you!

Since the inception of the training, TVIB has hosted more than 30 USCG personnel, including investigators and inspectors from across various sectors. The combination of students from both industry and the USCG has proven to be an invaluable mix for the course, resulting in dynamic and informative discussion and insights.

Dates: Tuesday, April 14 – Thursday, April 16, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00pm
Location: ACTSafe Training Room, 15201 East Freeway, Ste. 214A Channelview, TX 77530
Course Fee: $975   TVIB Members OR $1275 Non-Members

*Please note that our only other ASTV course for 2020 is set for November 3-5 in Harahan, LA

Register for the April training at the link below or contact Cindy Hunsaker at: 832-323-2182 — for assistance.

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