Decatur Marine launches Wheelhouse software for Subchapter M

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(DULLES, Va.) — In an effort to provide maritime towing vessels the latest software designed to comply with Coast Guard Subchapter M regulations, Decatur Marine has announces the premiere of its own uniquely designed software, Wheelhouse.

Wheelhouse, which allows access to not only Decatur Marine clients, but inspectors as well, enables towing vessel operators to schedule inspections online, access audit/survey reports, and track certificate of inspections (COI) and towing safety management system (TSMS) certificate dates. The system also acts as a communication tool between all three parties as well as a data repository to allow for quick and organized data retrieving.

“Decatur Marine uses technology as an advantage in the Subchapter M world," said Capt. Steve Bomgardner, managing director of Decatur Marine. "Subchapter M is innovative because now, towing vessel operators are transparent and using electronic record keeping and planned maintenance system (PMS) platforms to stay in compliance with the federal regulations.”

For clients of Decatur Marine, there is no additional fees for Wheelhouse software. In addition, Bomgardner points out that by scheduling inspections through a platform that notifies both third-party organization (TPO) and inspector, it reduces administrative burdens because vessel operators can electronically access their inspection reports and track COI and TSMS due dates.

“Once the audit/survey takes place, the inspection report will be uploaded into Wheelhouse by the inspector, where the operator and TPO can access it,” Bomgardner said. “This really helps our towing vessel operators who already have a lot on their plates."

Decatur Marine is a Coast Guard-approved third-party organization, providing Subchapter M and TSMS audit and survey services for the Inland owners and operators across the United States. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff