TRAINING UPDATE: 2021 Training Calendar Finalized

We have finalized the training calendar through June 2021.  Due to the continued issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to offer our courses in a virtual format through the first half of the year.  As we move into the second quarter, we will assess the situation and finalize the delivery method (classroom or virtual) and dates for the second half of 2021. Each of the course headings will link you directly to the course description and registration links.  Virtual courses are limited in size and registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Drydock/Internal Structural Examination Certification Course (DD/ISE)

  • February 9-11; virtual
  • May 4-6; virtual
  • August – TBD; classroom or virtual
  • November – TBD; classroom or virtual

Annual Survey of Towing Vessels (ASTV)

  • March 9-11; virtual
  • September – TBD; classroom or virtual

Subchapter M Auditor Certification Course

  • April 6-7; virtual
  • October – TBD; classroom or virtual

Marine Internal Lead Auditor (MILA) – taught by ACTSafe Training

  • TENTATIVE – April; virtual
  • TENTATIVE – October; classroom or virtual

Stayed tuned for exciting news on three new course offerings this year:

  • TSMS Writing for DD/ISE
  • Subchapter M 101 for Management
  • Corrective Action Plans/Process

TVIB Staff News

We would like to welcome Jeremy Dyer to the TVIB team. Jeremy will be working alongside Caleb King, focusing on the coordination of audits and surveys while working to support our TPO customers with CG-835V/Marine Casualty concerns and related TPO activities. In his role as Operations Manager, he will be the primary staff resource for our TPO customer base on the lower Mississippi River, gulf coast, and east coast.

Jeremy has over 21 years of marine-related experience through his work in the industry and the US Coast Guard. He previously worked as a Subchapter M lead auditor and consultant with Halter Consulting, Inc.  Prior to that, he was the Director of Compliance for the River Division of Marquette Transportation Company, LLC.  There, his responsibilities included Subchapter M implementation; development, implementation, and maintenance of an ISM compliant safety management system as well as other safety, health, environmental, and regulatory compliance initiatives.

Jeremy’s time as a member of the US Coast Guard (6 years Active Duty; 15 years Reserve Duty) has been spent in the Marine Safety and Law Enforcement/Security fields. His job specialty in the Coast Guard Reserves is Maritime Enforcement Specialist to which he has achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer (E8). His assignments have included MSU Paducah, CG Station Marquette, MSU Port Arthur, and Sector Mobile.  He is currently serving once again at MSU Paducah.

Jeremy is certified by Quality Management International, Inc. as an ISO-9001:2015 Quality Management Systems Lead Auditor and holds a certification as TVIB Lead Auditor for Vessels and Management and is completing the requirements for certification as a Subchapter M Annual Surveyor. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Political Science – Public Administration from Troy University.

Jeremy resides in Katy, TX. And will be working from our main office located in the Houston suburb of Channelview. Jeremy’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, camping, and kayaking.  Please be sure to welcome him when you get a chance, you will find his contact info on the website under Our Staff.


USCG: Drydock Examinations (DE), Underwater Survey in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) and Drydock Extension (DDE) Policy Clarifications CVC-WI-029(1)

Published 01/08/2021

This work instruction (CVC-WI-029(1)) provides guidance to District Prevention Staffs (dp), Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMIs), and the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (NCOE) concerning matters relating to drydock exams (DEs), underwater surveys in lieu of drydocking (UWILD), and drydock extensions (DDEs) for all inspected vessels, including vessel inspected under 46 CFR Subchapter M.

Click here to download USCG: Drydock Examinations (DE), Underwater Survey in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) and Drydock Extension (DDE) Policy Clarifications CVC-WI-029(1)