Coast Guard approves Global Maritime as TPO for Subchapter M

(HOUSTON) — Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a leading provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has been approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide Subchapter M compliance services as a third-party organization (TPO).

Global Maritime will offer a comprehensive suite of services to all towing vessel operators looking to comply with Subchapter M guidelines with its expertise including audits, surveys, consultancy, training services, and the design and deployment of safety management systems.

In addition, Global Maritime has licensed professional engineers on staff to perform structural plan reviews. Towing vessel operators will also be able to utilize Global Maritime’s GM Inspect software toolkit that provides for absolute consistency in checklists, reports and standardized inspections as well as dramatically reducing the time and costs required to generate survey reports.

Subchapter M of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations outlines new standards on the inspection, auditing, and safety policies of towing vessels greater than 26 feet or those engaged in the movement of oil or hazardous materials in bulk. Compliance is required by July 20, 2018.

Such vessels need to comply through either annual USCG inspections or implementation of a towing safety management system (TSMS) in conjunction with an approved TPO. The TSMS will then be subject to audits and physical surveys. Global Maritime has been approved to conduct audits of TSMSs, issue TSMS certificates, conduct surveys of towing vessels, and issue survey reports.

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By Professional Mariner Staff