07/24/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/24/2018 13:41
U.S. Coast Guard 1st District PA Detachment New York
Coast Guard issues first certificate of inspection to tugboat in Long Island Sound
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Coast Guard issued the first certificate of inspection (COI) for a previously uninspected towing vessel under the Coast Guard Option for Subchapter M compliance Monday in Rocky Hill, Conn.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation towing vessel Cumberland received the COI becoming the first towing vessel in Long Island Sound to receive this particular COI.
A COI is issued to a vessel after the vessel has completed a thorough examination of safety equipment, machinery, pollution prevention equipment, navigation equipment, life-saving equipment and more. Receiving a COI, the newly-inspected vessel will be granted specific routes in which to operate and their safety oversight will be greatly improved.
Approximately 6,000 towing vessels across the country will become inspected by the Coast Guard under these new requirements. Vessels will have two options, to be inspected under the traditional Coast Guard Marine Inspections program, or to enroll in a safety program with an authorized Third Party Organization (TPO).
The Coast Guard published the final rule for the new regulations for the Inspection of Towing Vessels, better known as 46 CFR Subchapter M regulations in June 2016.The Coast Guard and maritime industry have been working together to bring all applicable towing vessels into the compliance requirements listed in Subchapter M.