Initial Certificate of Inspection Issuance for Subchapter M Vessels Utilizing the Towing Safety Management System Option
This MSIB is issued to address the issuance of an initial Certificate of Inspection (COI) for subchapter M inspected towing vessels that utilize the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) option. Those seeking an initial COI by utilizing the Coast Guard option will be addressed in a future MSIB.
Those companies choosing the TSMS option will have a Coast Guard approved third party organization (TPO) conduct independent verifications to assess whether their TSMS complies with the requirements of subchapter M.
Owners and operators electing the TSMS option may submit requests for COIs to the local Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections (OCMI) by submitting the below required information as outlined in 46 CFR 136.210. NOTE: Priority will be given to vessels that have a valid UTV decal.
NOTE: Objective Evidence may include, but is not limited to, summaries of TPO independent verifications, audit findings, marine surveyor reports, and/or professional engineer certification.
At OCMI discretion, towing vessels possessing a valid Uninspected Towing Vessel (UTV) decal issued in the Sector Houston-Galveston zone will not require Coast Guard Marine Inspectors to physically attend prior to COI issuance.
For more information, please contact the applicable inspections office below: