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Coast Guard Looks to Fill TSAC Vacancies

Towing Safety Advisory Committee; Vacancies / Coast Guard, DHS Requests TSAC Applications. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). This Committee advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. DATES: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in time to reach Patrick Mannion, the Alternate Designated Federal Officer (ADFO) on or before July 13, 2012. • E-mail: Patrick.J.Mannion@uscg.mil. • Fax: (202) 372–1926 ATTN: Mr.

USCG – Towing Safety Advisory Committee

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). The committee advises the agency on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Application forms should reach the Coast Guard by February 15, 2008. 72 Fed. Reg. 74319 (HK Law)

Towing Safety Committee to Meet

TSAC – meeting Two working groups of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia to discuss issues related to towing vessel safety. The Regulatory Review Working Group will meet on April 27 to discuss travel time for towing vessel officers. The Maritime Security Working Group will meet on April 28 to discuss implementation of security plan regulations and development of timely feedback to the Coast Guard. 69 Fed. Reg. 21148 (HK Law)

USCG – Members Sought for TSAC

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC).  The committee advises the Coast Guard on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety.  Applications should be submitted by February 16, 2009.  73 Fed. Reg. 76369  (December 16, 2008). (Soure: Holland & Knight)

Towing Safety Advisory Committee to Meet in St. Louis

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee and its working groups will meet in St. Louis on Sept. 21-22, 2006, to discuss various issues relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. All meetings will be open to the public. Both the advisory committee and its working groups will meet in Salons A & B at the Hilton St. Louis Airport, located at 10330 Natural Bridge Road, St. Louis, Mo. The working groups will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2006, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and the advisory committee will meet on Thursday, Sept. 21, 2006, also from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Coast Guard Seeks New Members For TSAC

The Coast Guard is seeking applications for membership on Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). TSAC provides advice and makes recommendations to tth eDepartment of Transportation on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. Application forms should be processed before May 17, 2002. For further information and application request contact: TSACE Application;Commandant (G-MSO-1), Room 1210; U.S. Coast Guard; 2100 Second Street SW.; Washington, D.C. 20593-0001; or by calling 212-267-0229; or by faxing 202-267-4570. Send original completed and signed application in written from to the above street address.

TSAC Meeting Announced

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on May 1 and 2 to discuss elements of the safety management system and inspection regime. 70 Fed. Reg. 20923 (HK Law)

USCG Publishes NPRM for Inspection of Towing Vessels

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) designed to improve safety on towing vessels. The NPRM provides a layered approach to towing vessel safety that includes the option of an audited safety management system or an annual Coast Guard inspection regime. The NPRM also includes procedures for obtaining Certificates of Inspection issued by the Coast Guard, and for Coast Guard oversight of any audit and survey processes involving third party organizations. Additionally, it would establish safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems for towing vessels.

Coast Guard Publishes NPRM

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday publication in the Federal Register of a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) designed to improve safety on towing vessels. The NPRM provides a layered approach to towing vessel safety that includes the option of an audited safety management system or an annual Coast Guard inspection regime. The NPRM also includes procedures for obtaining Certificates of Inspection issued by the Coast Guard, and for Coast Guard oversight of any audit and survey processes involving third party organizations. Additionally, it would establish safety regulations governing the inspection, standards, and safety management systems for towing vessels.

TSMS Transition Program Debuts at SUNY Towing Forum

Baker, Lyman & Co. will offer UTV operators a unique opportunity to review the TSMS Transition Program though an hour long interactive presentation during the October 17, 2012 Towing Forum at SUNY Maritime. TSMS, or Towing Safety Management System, is the result of the long awaited Sub-Chapter M Rules by which towing vessels become subject to USCG safety management inspection. The TSMS Transition Program allows Sub-Chapter M impacted operators to enroll into a regulatorily certified Towing Safety Management System prior to the Sub-Chapter M Final Rule.

By the Numbers: Subchapter M Statistics

The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (Aug. 9, 2004), established new authorities for towing vessels. Out of that came a proposed regulatory scheme requiring towing vessels to become inspected vessels and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI). The proposed Subchapter M for title 46, U.S.C., covering Certification, Vessel Compliance, Towing Safety Management System (TSMS), Third-Party Organizations, Operations, Life-Saving, Fire Protection, Machinery and Electrical Systems and Equipment, and Construction and Management of towing vessels is now in draft form. Looking ahead, the Coast Guard refuses to speculate about rulemaking timelines but the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Rear Admiral Joseph A.

ABS Gains AWO RCP Auditor Status

(File photo: Eric Norcross)

ABS has been approved by the American Waterways Operators (AWO) to carry out audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP), a safety management system for tugboat, towboat and barge companies, requiring AWO member companies to undergo periodic management and vessel audits conducted by an independent third party. Towing vessel operators serving the inland waterways, coasts and harbors are looking closely at their fleets to determine the best way to meet the new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations establishing vessel safety and inspection requirements.

New Subchapter M Towing Vessel Regulations Take Effect

(File photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group)

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Monday new towing vessel regulations establishing new requirements for the design, construction, onboard equipment and operation of towing vessels. These regulations, which were developed over time with input from the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) and the towing vessel industry, will be incorporated into Title 46 of the Code of Federal Regulations as the new Subchapter M. The Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 reclassified towing vessels…

AWO Authorizes ClassNK to Perform RCP Audits

Pictured left to right: Ed McCain - Manager, Client Relations, ClassNK America; Toru Urushihara, Manager - ClassNK; Tom Allegretti - President & CEO, AWO; Jennifer Carpenter - Executive Vice President & COO, AWO; John Kim - General Manager, ClassNK (Photo: American Waterways Operators)

The American Waterways Operators (AWO) and ClassNK have signed an agreement under which ClassNK will be authorized to conduct audits of AWO's Responsible Carrier Program, a safety management system for towing vessels with which all AWO members must comply as a condition of association membership. The agreement with ClassNK, an international classification society, expands the options for AWO member companies to obtain RCP audits following publication of the U.S. Coast Guard regulations establishing an inspection regime for towing vessels at 46 CFR Subchapter M.

Baker, Lyman Hires Senior Consultant for TSMS

John Scarborough

Baker, Lyman and Co., Inc. hired John Scarborough as senior consultant. He is an authorized agent for Germanischer Lloyd on the Corsair Towing Safety Management Systems (TSMS) Strategic Alliance for Subchapter M compliance software for the domestic towing industry. Scarborough holds a Maritime Law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and a Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He previously sailed with Rene J. Cheramie & Sons in the Gulf of Mexico and aboard large commercial yachts world-wide. www.bakerlyman.com

TSAC Meeting

The Towing Vessel Inspection Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Arlington, Virginia on June 22 and 23. Topics on the agenda include proposed equipment standards and possible adoption of existing standards. 70 Fed. Reg. 34144 (HK Law)

TSAC Will Meet in March

The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in San Francisco on March 13-14, 2002. Items on the agenda include crew alertness, licensing implementation, fire-suppression systems and voyage planning on towing vessels, and maritime security. Source: HK Law

TSAC to Meet in D.C.

The Working Group on Maritime Security of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Washington, DC on February 18-19, 2003 to discuss various issues relating to current Coast Guard regulations as they pertain to towing vessels.

Towing Safety Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

The U.S. Coast Guard today began soliciting applications for five positions to the Towing Safety Advisory Committee that need to be received on or before April 30, 2006. The TSAC advises the Secretary of Homeland Security on matters relating to shallow-draft inland and coastal waterway navigation and towing safety. This advice also assists the Coast Guard in formulating the position of the United States in advance of meetings of the International Maritime Organization. The TSAC meets at least once a year at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington or another location selected by the Coast Guard. Interested parties may request an application form by writing to TSAC Application; Commandant (G-PSO-1), Room 1210; U.S.

AWO Approves LR as Third-Party RCP Auditor

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Lloyd's Register has received approval from the American Waterways Operators (AWO) as a third-party organization authorized to conduct audits of AWO member operations as part of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP). The RCP is a safety management system that provides a framework for the U.S. tugboat, towboat and barge industry to continuously improve safety and environmental performance. In order to be in compliance with the RCP – a condition of AWO membership – member companies must undergo recurring management and vessel audits by an approved independent third-party entity.

A Significant Date for Subchapter M

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July 20 marks a milestone in Subchapter M implementation. Towing vessels with keels laid or major conversions on or after July 20, 2017 are required to meet 46 CFR Subchapter M and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI) prior to operating. Additionally, starting July 20, 2018, a portion of existing towing vessels will have one year to meet all of Subchapter M and obtain COIs. By July 19, 2022, 100 percent of the towing vessels must have valid COIs on board. Owners or managing…

TSAC Meeting

The Licensing Implementation Working Group of the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will hold a teleconference on September 16 to discuss, among other things, combining inland and Western Rivers routes and the upgrade of tonnage-limited licenses. 70 Fed. Reg. 54061 (HK Law).

USCG Seeking Applicants for TSAC

The US Coast Guard is seeking applicants for membership on the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC). Applications should be received by March 30. Source: HK Law

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