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 (P.E.s) 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.
Said Daniel Ramsay, DP & Mission Critical Systems Consultant at Global Maritime: “With Global Maritime’s years of experience in marine-based audits, inspections, safety management systems, and regulatory compliance we believe we have the technical edge and are ideally placed to help vessel operators navigate the complexities around Subchapter M.”
He continues: “Our outstanding team of surveyors, our breadth of services, and our industry leading software will ensure a seamless transition to the new rules without a negative impact on existing operations. From putting in place safety management systems to helping operators develop their internal expertise, we will provide a complete solution.”
Subchapter M of the US 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 20 July 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.