Maritime Safety Management Services will provide customized solutions
to all of your vessel’s operating requirements, including assisting you with compliance with all of Subchapter M regulations for YOUR towing vessel. Our highly professional staff has over 90 years of combined experience in the maritime industry, towing vessel industry, maritime training field, assessments, and U.S. Coast Guard and international inspection and surveys.
NO - We are a premier consulting firm that will work with your company throughout the compliance process, and beyond. We work with small to midsize maritime companies and will assist you with the “Coast Guard Option”
of compliance with Subchapter M. This will save you time and resources in the long run as Third Party Organizations will require substantial fees in order to visit your vessel periodically and audit your “approved” Towing Safety Management Systems.
A TSMS is a robust and very costly paper or electronic safety management system that needs to be developed by your company AND approved by a Third Party Organization. Vessels choosing the U.S. Coast Guard option
are NOT required to operate under a costly TSMS and Third Party Organization in order to verify compliance.
Owners and operators choosing the U.S. Coast Guard Option can simply use their TVR and/or other electronic record keeping systems to document compliance directly with the U.S. Coast Guard.
We will provide two vessel ‘audits’ per year along with a full audit report on any deficiencies noted for your specific vessel to be in compliance with Subchapter M. Also, we will work with your company in setting up a proper Towing Vessel Record (TVR) and management system that will satisfy any Coast Guard requirements. We will schedule and represent you during annual Coast Guard visits and inspections for your original Certificate of Inspection (COI) and other required visits. We will work with your local OCMI (Coast Guard) to assist you in maintaining your operation, allowing you to focus on your business and day to day operations!
Subchapter “M” goes into effect on July 20, 2018. This is when your vessel needs to be in “compliance”. HOWEVER, the issuance of a Certificate of Inspection (COI) is based on how many vessels, subject to Subchapter M, that the company operates. Maritime Safety Management Services will assist you in that process of obtaining a COI and understanding what you need to do in order to be in “compliance” before they Coast Guard comes to inspect your vessel.
A Certificate of Inspection (COI) is a document issued by the local U.S. Coast Guard (OCMI - Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection), which sets up the operational parameters for your vessel. It will list the waters that the vessels is authorized to serve on, the number of licensed or ‘unlicensed’ personnel are needed to operate the vessel, the required amount and type of fire prevention and safety equipment that is to be operational when operating. The COI is valid for a period of 5-years, but requires annual inspection(s) by the U.S. Coast Guard to verify continued compliance.
It all depends on how many vessels you own and operate under Subchapter M. There is a 4-year phase in period from July of 2018 until July of 2022, by which ALL towing vessels that fall under Subchapter M, must hold a valid COI. For example, IF you operate ONE towing vessel (subject to Subchapter M), you will need to hold a COI by July 20, 2020. Please contact Maritime Safety Management Services and we can discuss your COI dates and options!!
Subchapter M applies to towing vessels 26 feet in length or more. Unless the vessel (less than 26 feet in length) is pushing a barge carrying petroleum products (dangerous liquid cargoes -DL). Towing vessels LESS than 26 feet in length are NOT required to comply with subchapter M or the requirements for licensed operators.
Subchapter M allows owners and operators to seek “work site exemptions” for certain vessels that are used for limited purposes in a very limited geographic area. Each U.S. Coast Guard Sector (OCMI) must approve this exemption on a case by case basis. Maritime Safety Management Services will assist you in obtaining these exemptions, should that be an option for you.