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Towing Vessel Safety: Subchapter M Compliance

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PREPARING FOR WHAT’S TO COME

With the release of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Subchapter M regulations, which implement new rules on the inspection, standards and safety policies of towing vessels, industry players will need to begin taking the necessary steps to achieve compliance.

In order to continue to maintain and expand operations, towing vessel companies are required to receive a Certificate of Inspection and comply with a new set of regulations relating to everything from construction and operations to safety equipment and recordkeeping.

ABS offers a portfolio of solutions and services needed to help operators achieve and maintain compliance with Subchapter M regulations.  Early preparation will help to ensure a smooth transition, relieve uncertainty, and allow businesses to continue their day-to-day activities without interruptions to existing vessel operations. 

SUBCHAPTER M COMPLIANCE SERVICES

Towing vessel operators have a number of options available to demonstrate compliance with the U. S. Coast Guard’s new safety regulations. Vessel owners and operators can choose whether to opt for annual Coast Guard inspections or adopt a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS). As a Recognized Organization and an approved third-party organization of the USCG, ABS can provide a custom approach that supports Subchapter M compliance during plan review, construction and throughout the service life of the vessel and can approve plan reviews avoiding additional USCG submissions.

RESPONSIBLE CARRIER PROGRAM (RCP)

ABS has obtained an auditing agreement with the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its RCP. ABS can begin performing your RCP audits today. The AWO has submitted the RCP for Coast Guard acceptance as a TSMS and anticipates final approval this fall. 

COMPLIANCE THROUGH CLASS

Utilizing the Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intercoastal Waterways, ABS provides owners and operators with the opportunity to begin demonstrating compliance with Subchapter M inspection requirements. By combining classification with an ABS certification of a vessel to the International Safety Management Code (ISM) owners and operators not only demonstrate full compliance with the pending Subchapter M requirements, but also show a commitment to a more comprehensive approach to safety and environmental protection.  

THE ABS NETWORK

Operating from 30 locations in the United States, ABS has the geographic coverage necessary to meet the needs of the inland and intercoastal towing vessel industry. With more than 200 surveyors and auditors and more than 150 engineers and naval architects across the country, ABS is prepared to assist owners and operators in meeting their Subchapter M compliance needs.

FIND THE RIGHT SOLUTION FOR YOUR COMPANY

Every organization and every vessel will have a unique approach to complying with Subchapter M. The team of subject matter and technical specialists are prepared to help develop the right solution for your company. Contact us today by filling out the form to the right or e-mailing SubchapterM@eagle.org.

 

 

 

 

 

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