A Message From U.S. Coast Guard To Towing Vessel Partners

Towing Vessel Industry Partners:

Please note and save the date for the following Subchapter M implementation industry outreach and education meetings:

Seattle, WA    – 12 September 2017 @ 1000 – Federal Center South
Portland, OR   – 14 September 2017 @ 1000 – Marine Safety Unit Portland
Alameda, CA    – 19 September 2017 @ 1000 – Coast Guard Island
Long Beach, CA – 21 September 2017 @ 1000 – Sector LA/LB

Building and maintaining a positive working relationship with our industry partners is a continued priority as we begin to sunset the Towing Vessel Bridging Program and transition to the Inspection of Towing vessels. The meetings we have planned are a continuation of efforts to communicate the policy, tools, and resources available to help you succeed in the transition to inspection.

While we intend for these meetings to be informative in nature, we hope to promote an open forum environment to hear and address questions and concerns you may have with regard to Sub M implementation and compliance. Coast Guard representation from PACAREA, regional Districts, local field units, and the Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise will be in attendance to emphasize our commitment to regional and national implementation consistency.

Tentative agenda items:
1. Subchapter M Policy and Guidance
2. Implementation tools and resources
3. COI Process and local expectations
4. Questions and concerns

If you have specific issues you would like to see addressed during the public meetings please contact your local Sector or District towing vessel representative.

A more formal invitation and detailed agenda will be communicated at a future date. Thank you for your continual efforts to operate safely.


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