What We Can Do For You
- Foster dialog between the Coast Guard and towing vessel stakeholders.
- Help ensure consistent regulatory application through towing vessel training and guidance.
- Provide towing vessel inspection support.
- Gather, organize, and provide statistical information.
09/20/2019: The Subchapter M FAQ page has been updated to reflect current policy and guidance for implementation of 46 CFR Subchapter M.
09/20/2019: The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register the availability of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-16 Change 2, “Use of Electronic Charts and Publications in Lieu of Paper Charts, Maps and Publications,” together with a Deregulatory Savings Analysis. This NVIC provides that U.S. vessels may access navigation publications electronically, through underway connectivity, to meet domestic carriage and Safety of Life at Sea certification requirements.
08/28/2019: The Coast Guard's Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CVC) has issued Work Instruction 015(1). The purpose of the work instruction is to set forth the interpretations of when a vessel’s keel is considered to be laid or the vessel is at a similar stage of construction, and provides guidelines for determining what may be accepted for the purpose of establishing a vessel’s keel laid date.
08/05/2019: The Coast Guard has approved Inland Towing Operators Working Together (ITOW) as a third-party organization (TPO) to carry out certain functions in accordance with Subchapter M. A complete list of all nine Coast Guard approved TPOs can be found on the Coast Guard Approved TPOs webpage.