MSIB – Acceptable U.S. Ballast Water Management Methods vs. BWM Convention Methods


The U.S. Coast published MSCI No.: 007-17 Acceptable U.S. Ballast Water Management Methods vs. BWM Convention Methods.

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind masters, owners/operators, agents and persons-in-charge of vessels that the United States is not signatory to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediment (BWM Convention) and that vessels discharging ballast water (BW) into the waters of the U.S. must comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D.

Non-recreational vessels, U.S. and foreign, that are equipped with ballast tanks are required to comply with the U.S. ballast water regulations provided in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151 Subparts C & D when operating in the waters of the United States, except as expressly provided in 33 CFR 151.2015 & 151.2020.

Click here to download MSIB 007-17 in full.

Training Opportunities

We have multiple Subchapter M training opportunities quickly approaching. We will host the 3 day TSMS Auditor Certification course and the 4-day Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course together at Inland Marine Service in Hebron, KY, and the 2-day Coast Guard Recognized Marine Internal Lead Auditor course in Houston, TX.

TVIB has taken a new approach to teaching students how to conduct audits and surveys to confirm compliance with Subchapter M. This innovative week long course allows auditors and surveyors to attend a few days, or the entire week, depending on their needs for Subchapter M instruction. Individuals who are interested in obtaining both course certificates may register for both courses.

TSMS Auditor Certification course (3 day course) 
July 17-19, 2017 in Hebron, KY

This course is open to those members and non-members seeking training on auditing a TSMS under Subchapter M. The American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program will be utilized as an example of an approved towing safety management system framework. Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a course completion certificate. It is appropriate for existing auditors, compliance department individuals, or anyone responsible for overseeing an internal audit program. This course is the auditing course required for those individuals seeking TVIB TSMS Auditor Certification to conduct third-party compliance audits for TVIB as a TPO. Click here to register to attend or for more information.

Annual Survey of Towing Vessels course (4 day course)
July 18-21, 2017 in Hebron, KY

This open to those members and non-members. It provides surveyors with the knowledge and skills required to perform TVIB TPO Subchapter M annual surveys of towing vessels. It has been designed to teach those who will be performing surveys as a part of an internal survey program, as well as those surveyors who wish to hold the credential to perform external surveys for TVIB. Everyone who successfully completes the course will receive a course completion certificate. This course is the surveying course required for those individuals seeking the TVIB Certified Subchapter M Surveyor for Annual Surveys credential. Click here to register to attend or for more information.

Those individuals interested in taking both courses need to select the 5 day option to receive the combined class registration discount.

*TVIB members receive a 25% discount when registering for the course. 


Marine Internal Lead Auditor Course
See Website for Dates/Locations

Designed to teach and practice the specific skills, knowledge, and abilities needed to conduct and lead internal audits for commercial marine companies. The course is for internal auditors, external auditors wishing to learn more about auditing principles and techniques, marine executives, HSE managers, operations managers, safety consultants and regulators.

Recognized as “Substantially equal to an ISO 9001 auditor course” by the U.S. Coast Guard and is acceptable under Subchapter M requirements for internal auditor training, 46 CFR 138.310(d)(2). Meets the requirements of ANSI/ASSE Z 490.1-2016 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, health and environmental training. This course is NOT the appropriate course for those individuals seeking Subchapter M TSMS auditor certification from TVIB to conduct third party AWO RCP and/or Subchapter M TSMS audits. Click here to register to attend or for more information.

USCG Blog – Cyber Security and the Safety Management System


A recent post on the USCG Blog for Maritime Professionals announced the IMO resolution on cyber risk management that was approved at the 98th session of the Maritime Safety Committee.

Excerpt “The resolution affirms that approved safety management systems should take cyber risk management into account in accordance with the objectives and requirements of the International Safety Management Code. Drawing upon the recommendations published in MSC.1/Circ.1526 Guidelines on maritime cyber risk management, the resolution also reaffirmed that existing risk management practices should be used to address the operational risks associated with the growing dependence on cyber enabled systems. Through the resolution, IMO member states are encouraged to ensure cyber risks are appropriately addressed in safety management systems no later than the first annual verification of the company’s Document of Compliance after 1 January 2021. The Coast Guard will continue to work with industry partners to develop a clear and achievable path towards compliance in order to foster a resilient risk management approach towards cyber risks throughout the Marine Transportation System.”

While this resolution is specific to those operating under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, other should take note as the trend is quickly spreading. Those participating in the Oil Companies International Marine Forum’s (OCIMF) Tanker Management and Self Assessment, Third Edition 2017 (TMSA3) will note the addition of element 13 Maritime Security. Element 13 specifically references cyber security in 13.2.3.

Click here to read the USCG blog post on Cyber Risk Management.