Marine Safety Services

Third Party Organizations versus Coast Guard Option? Because Congress mandated these new regulations without providing more ‘billets’ (CG personnel) to implement them, the use of a Third Party Organization, as an OPTION, was established. HOWEVER, this is NOT required​ ​and we at Marine Safety Services will be working DIRECTLY with the local OCMI. Third Party Organizations are “for profit” organizations and have extensive fees for their services, in addition to required annual Coast Guard user fees for all​ towing vessel owners.

Our staff of U.S. Coast Guard certified Towing Vessel Masters, former U. S. Coast Guard marine inspectors, qualified assessors, and U.S. Coast Guard approved instructors are standing by to assist you. With over 90 years of combined maritime industry experience, we have “seen it all” and will work closely with you to ensure that you are in compliance and remain so. With the ultimate goal of improving the overall safety of your operation.

Maritime Safety Services will diligently work directly with you to provide continuous improvement measures and will help you maintain compliance and safety records, saving you and your crews from costly liabilities.

Let us help you navigate toward full Subchapter M compliance today!”

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  • An affordable solution to Sub chapter M compliance
  • Custom templates for your fleets maintenance & crew compliance needs
  • Turn key solutions for small & midsized Tug fleets
  • Become compliant with your C.G. inspections

Captain Andrew Hammond
Compliance Manager

Andy Hammond brings 36 years of experience in the maritime industry. Several years of that experience was working for the U.S. Coast Guard as a qualified Marine Inspector and Investigations Officer. In addition, he has over 20 year of experience in the U.S. Coast Guard licensing and certification process, as well owning a successful licensing consulting service. He is currently a U.S. Coast Guard approved instructor and qualified assessor who has been helping mariners and vessel operators alike, with all of their compliance needs. His "can-do" attitude and work ethic has been instrumental in his ability to work with all levels of U.S. and International regulations and the agencies that oversee them.

He is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Unlimited Chief Mate and Master 1600 Oceans. He also brings a lot of experience in working with Towing Vessel operators dealing with many complex issues surrounding compliance with Subchapter M. He has conducted several audits on vessels and can assist you with in determining your vessel and operational requirements, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard certification process. Andy's vast experience in dealing with mariners of all levels and operators of Towing Vessels brings a level of expertise that will ensure that your company will become and remain in compliance.


Captain Robert C. Glover III

Robert C. Glover III has served professionally in the Tall Ship and Tugboat Industry since 1974. Mr. Glover is a 1982 graduate of Maine Maritime Academy. Starting out as a Galley Assistant at the age of 14 and working his way up to the position of Sailing Master by the age of 28 years old. He has sailed the Northern Atlantic and Eastern Pacific Basins, Caribbean Sea, Great Lakes, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Panama Canal, East & West Canadian Coasts and Mediterranean Sea. Mr. Glover has sailed aboard two masted schooners, square riggers, salvage tugs and harbor tugs having sailed over 154,000 nautical miles aboard these vessels. Mr. Glover holds a USCG License as Master of Steam, Motor and Aux Sailing Vessels, up to 1600GRT, upon Oceans; Master of Towing Vessels upon Oceans and Western Rivers and Third Mate Unlimited Tonnage upon Oceans. Additionally he holds a Merchant Mariners Document with an endorsement rating of; Able Seaman Sail, unlimited Able Seaman, Lifeboatman, Ship’s Security Officer. Mr. Glover has sailed aboard Tall Ships, Ocean and Harbor tugs up to 9,000HP in a licensed capacity.

Mr. Glover served 5 years as a delegate to the International Maritime Organization in London, UK on behalf of the Commonwealth of Dominica during the creation of the STCW Manila Amendments. On behalf of the Dominica Maritime Registry he served as a flag state safety and hull inspector on tugs, barges and ships up to 100 meters.

Mr. Glover has served at the management level of tall ship operations, restorations and new ship construction, having served as an Executive Director of two non-profit organizations for 6 1/2 years. Mr. Glover has served as a Board Member with the Tall Ships America, and Sail Baltimore. Mr. Glover is occasionally called upon for advice and consul from the maritime industry speaking at seminars, conferences and serving as an expert witness during legal cases.

Additionally, his tall ship experience provided him with extensive media experience with TV, RADIO and PRINT in both live and staged interviews. He has been part of film documentaries and major motion pictures using the tall ship’s he has commanded such as Steven Spielberg’s movie AMISTAD. His professional experiences have been featured in the following publications:

Magazines: WoodenBoat, Chesapeake Bay, SpinSheet, The Virginia Sportsman, Maritime Life and Traditions, MMA Alumni, Texas Travel Guide, Ocean Navigator, SoCo
Books: On Tugboats by author Virginia L. Thorndike
Outfitting the Offshore Cruising Sailboat by Peter I. Berman
The Great Star Ship Race by author Diane Carey; A Star Trek book.
Banners by author Diane Carey

From 2006 to 2016 Mr. Glover served as a maritime instructor and lead simulator instructor at Northeast Maritime Institute in Fairhaven MA.


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