Ivy Marine achieves TSMS certification for Subchapter M

(DAPHNE, Ala.) — Ivy Marine LLC, a two-towboat company out of Mobile, Ala., recently became one of the first companies in the United States to obtain its towing safety management system (TSMS) certificate. It is also the smallest company in the country to have obtained this certification.

Ivy Marine also installed Helm Connect on its vessels, which helped it obtain the TSMS certificate. “Before Helm Connect, we used a paper-based system for all of our required forms and reports on the boats. Helm Connect allowed us to increase efficiency across the business, streamlining functions like compliance, inventory management and preventive maintenance. An added benefit that was crucial to our success was the user-friendly interface that has made it easy for our crews to adapt to a paperless system. Tug & Barge Solutions built and implemented our Helm Connect package so we were able to switch over without any hassles,” said Patrick Boles, Ivy Marine’s chief financial officer.

Marine Compliance LLC (MARCOM) was selected by Ivy Marine as the third-party organization (TPO) to achieve Subchapter M compliance. The U.S. Coast Guard from Sector Mobile was also present at the audit.

By Professional Mariner Staff