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46 CFR Subchapter M (Last Updated 05/29/2018)
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46 CFR Subchapter M

What We Can Do For You

  • Gather, organize and provide statistical information.
  • Foster dialog between the Coast Guard and industry.
  • Research towing vessel issues.
  • Help ensure high level of consistency through training and policy guidance.
  • Train towing vessel examiners.
  • Provide onsite assistance.

What's New

07/16/2018: TugSafe Lite has been expanded and retitled TugSafe Central.

06/06/2018: Towing vessel operators can verify the accuracy of their Automatic Identification System (AIS) broadcasted information through the Coast Guard’s Vessel Information Verification Service (VIVS) .

05/29/2018: Additions and updates have been made to the Subchapter M FAQs webpage.

05/18/2018: Additions and updates have been made to the Subchapter M FAQs webpage.

04/19/2018: Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, FL issued the first Certificate of Inspection under Subchapter M.

03/07/2018:  The Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC-1) has issued change 1 to CG-CVC Policy Letter 17-02, Use of Existing Safety Management Systems to Obtain an Initial Certificate of Inspection Under 46 CFR Subchapter M.

03/07/2018:  Links have been added under the "Policy, Guidance and Links" tab in the navigation pane to the Application for Inspection of U.S. Vessel (CG-3752), Standardized Terminology for the Towing Industry (Nomenclature), and the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) website.