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Towing Vessel Bridging Program Mr. Mike White Towing Vessel Branch Coast Guard District Eight. Towing Vessel Bridging Program. Why do we need a bridge?. A Phased Approach…. Phase 3 COI Issuance Formal Training. Phase 2 Prioritized Exams Course Development Comments on NPRM

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Towing Vessel

Bridging Program

Mr. Mike White

Towing Vessel Branch

Coast Guard District Eight

towing vessel bridging program
Towing Vessel Bridging Program

Why do we need a bridge?

a phased approach
A Phased Approach…
  • Phase 3
  • COI Issuance
  • Formal Training
  • Phase 2
  • Prioritized Exams
  • Course Development
  • Comments on NPRM
  • 100% FORsexamined
  • Phase 1
  • Outreach & Education
  • IIEs
  • Testing of Risk Tool
  • Qualification/PQS
  • Id of FORs

Subchapter “M”

Published

Summer 2009

Law Enforcement Boarding's & Surge Operations

phase i results
Phase I results…
  • New UTV examiners are qualified/knowledgeable and have built industry partnerships
  • TVNCOE stood up and running course/portal
  • Industry Initiated Exams YTD– 2520
  • Def Checks YTD – 1388
  • Decals Issued YTD – 2089 – Decal is not the goal
  • Industry and CG consider TVBP a success (positive press/flag letters/outreach/peer pressure)
d8 efforts thus far
D8 efforts thus far…
  • D8 Fleet of Responsibility 3955 vessels
  • 134 UTV Examiners in D8
  • Participating in all SIX (6) WGs, TSAC, OMSA, and AWO meetings
utv fleet of responsibility
UTV Fleet of Responsibility

117

313

225

415

3955

343

158

347

66

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D8 FOR Breakdown

  • Sector Houston 499
  • Sector Corpus 83
  • Sector New Orleans 1563
  • Sector Mobile 224
  • Sector Lower 237
  • Sector Upper 416
  • Sector Ohio Valley 933

D8 Total = 3955

common deficiencies
Common Deficiencies
  • Fire Detection
  • Fuel Shut Offs
  • Fire Pumps
  • B-V Semi Portable Fire Extinguisher
  • General Alarm issues, Blue Light, Signage
  • Fixed Piping (Oil Discharge)
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U.S. Coast GuardNotice of Proposed Rulemaking

Inspection of Towing Vessels

Articulated tug-bargeAug 11, 2011

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

  • Reason for Proposed Rule
  • The CG & Maritime Transportation Act of 2004:
    • Added towing vessels as a class of inspected vessels.
    • Authorized the establishment of a safety management system for towing vessels.
    • Authorized the USCG to prescribe maximum hours of service for individuals on towing vessels at least 26 feet in length.

Line-Haul Towboat

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

Current Regulatory Status:

Towing vessels are regulated but most are not inspected.

  • The USCG does not issue Certificates of Inspection (COI) to towing vessels unless they are over 300 GT and in oceans service.
  • Certain tow vessel components/operationsare only subject to USCG regulations that are:
    • Specific to towing vessels
    • Applicable to all uninspected vessels
    • Applicable to all vessels
  • The USCG may board towing vessels for safetyand security checks at any time.

Ocean-going Tugboat

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

  • Historical Background of the Rule
  • Dec 2004:
    • The USCG published a notice with request for
    • comments, as well as a notice of public meetings.
    • Four public meetings were held.
  • American Bureau of Shipping Group (ABSG) Report:
    • 1-year contractor-supported study:
      • Categorized the industry
      • Analyzed casualty data
      • Provided economic data
  • The USCG visited companies and vessels and
  • internally reviewed accident histories.
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Inspection of Towing Vessels

  • Building the Rule
  • TSAC involvement:
    • TSAC/USCG began working together in the fall of 2004.
    • Interactive project.
    • Nearly 200 industry representatives
    • participated.
    • Added time to the project but produced
    • dividends at the end.
    • Incorporated TSAC recommendations
    • into the rule.

Line-Haul Towboat

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • Adds new subchapter (M) to 46 CFR.
  • Establishes baseline regulations forinspected towing vessels.
  • Defines the Towing Safety ManagementSystem (TSMS) .
  • Prescribes qualifications for third-party auditors and related procedures.
  • Prescribes procedures for vessel compliance and obtaining a certificate of inspection (COI).
  • Reflects cooperation with TSAC.

Operations in fleeting area

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

Key Elements

  • Standards (lifesaving, fire protection, machinery, etc.):
    • Developed specifically for towing vessels.
  • Applicability:
    • Limited to “traditional” towing vessels—for now.
    • Focused on risk.
  • Safety Management System:
    • The core of operations and compliance.
    • Addresses the human element.
    • Ties management to vessels.
    • Used throughout manufacturing, financing, transportation (ISM mandated, RCP proprietary).
    • Facilitates audited compliance activities.
  • Third-party auditors and surveyors:
    • Allows for flexibility—service when/where needed.
    • Allows the CG to focus on the areas of greatest risk.
  • Coast Guard Option
inspection of towing vessels
Inspection of Towing Vessels
  • 46 CFR subchapter M:
  • Part 136—CERTIFICATION
  • Part 137–VESSEL COMPLIANCE
  • Part 138—TOWING SAFETY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS (TSMS)
  • Part 139—THIRD-PARTY ORGANIZATIONS
  • Part 140—OPERATIONS
  • Part 141—LIFESAVING
  • Part 142—FIRE PROTECTION
  • Part 143—MACHINERY AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND EQUIPMENT
  • PART 144—CONSTRUCTION AND ARRANGEMENT

Line Haul

inspection of towing vessels1
Inspection of Towing Vessels

Applicability

  • In general, this regulation would apply to

towing vessels ≥ 26 ft., as well as any towing vessels pushing, pulling, or hauling a barge carrying dangerous or hazardous materials.

Towboat pushing two covered hoppers, likely carrying grain, and one tank barge.

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

Towing Safety Management System

  • Risk-based: Analysis of accident data and experts’ inputs.
  • Human factors: training, safety drills, crew endurance management program, restrictions on hours of service.
  • Equipment: lifesaving, fire protection, electrical and machinery,vessel operational requirements.
  • Recordkeeping.

View from the pilothouse

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

Proposed Third Party Concept

The USCG approves third-party auditors and surveyors.

+

Companies implement TSMS and ensure vessels meet standards.

+

Third parties verify compliance

(Audit TSMS / Survey vessels).

+

The USCG boards vessels

(Initial / 5yrs / Risk).

+

The USCG reviews reports.

=

Certificate of Inspection issued to vessels in compliance.

Workboat

Harbor Tugboat

inspection of towing vessels2
Inspection of Towing Vessels
  • Towing Company Responsibilities
  • Develop and implement TSMS on vessels and shore side operations.
  • Operate under TSMS.
  • Maintain vessels in compliance
  • with regulations and TSMS.

Tugboat backing bow around

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Inspection of Towing Vessels
  • Third Party – Auditor and Surveyor Responsibilities
  • Review TSMS and approve TSMS if it complies with the proposed requirements.
  • Audit TSMS and vessels.
  • Survey towing vessels.

Articulated tug-barge in open waters

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Inspection of Towing Vessels
  • Coast Guard Responsibilities
  • Approve and oversee third-party auditors and surveyors.
  • Ensure CG inspection of every
  • towing vessel at least once every
  • 5 years.
  • Additional risk-based boarding of towing vessels.
  • Issue Certificate of Inspection (COI).

Tow transiting lock

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Inspection of Towing Vessels

Affected Vessels

  • 5,208 Towing Vessels (including towboats and tugboats).
  • Vessels operating in inland rivers, Great Lakes, coasts, and oceans.
  • Perform line-haul, fleeting, and harbor assist operations.

Affected Companies

  • 1,059 owner/operator companies.
  • 327 companies, with either a full safety management system or similar program, control 2,941 vessels.
  • 827 companies, without safety management systems or similar programs, control 2,267 vessels.
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Inspection of Towing Vessels

Compliance Phase-in for a

Towing Company

Final Rule

YR

0

YR

2

YR

6

YR

11

TSMS

2yrs fm FR

Compliance

COI

4yrs fm TSMS

25% p/yr

Deferred Machinery & Electrical (M&E)

5yrs fm COI

Deferred redundancy M&E

5yrs from COI