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Coast Guard Inspector: This is exactly what we need.

I have been advocating the Coast Guard option for Subchapter M since the NPRM was published. I've been telling our clients, and anyone else who will listen, all a tow boat company has to do is: 1. Get the vessel in compliance. (Paying for a regulatory compliance survey is a worthwhile investment.) 2. Have a system to manage your compliance including the TVR records. 3. Get a health and safety plan. 4. Get the required Subchapter M training. 

Okay, enough preaching. Let me tell you a success story of a client who listened...

One client of ours got their boat up to Subchapter M as well as they could. A local Coast Guard marine inspector came a couple of times and pointed out a few things they needed to take care of. This client contacted us because they were concerned about all the record keeping. We provided them with our comprehensive TVR/Compliance Management System which includes the Health and Safety Plan. Then we went to their offices and provided all the required training in one day.

The next morning the Coast Guard marine inspector (Chief Warrant Officer) came back to their boat. According to the client he was very impressed with our TVR/Compliance Management System. The inspector said, "This is exactly what we need."

If they had been ready to demonstrate drills, the inspector said he could have given them their COI that day. But the company wants to practice the "Guantanamo Bay" style drill procedures we provided them before they take that final step.

This, my friends, is the optimal level of compliance.

If you are still not prepared, or have any questions, or would like to discuss getting your vessel surveyed for Subchapter M compliance, or would like to know more about the TVR/Compliance Management System, please don't hesitate to give us a call.

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