Subchapter M: Towing Operators Streamline Compliance by Adopting Electronic Logs

July 11, 2017

The Inland Towing Industry will mark the halfway point toward Subchapter M implementation on July 19, 2017. For the vast majority of towing vessel owners and operators, this past year has been an exercise of “wait and see.” Operators have been working towards developing a properly structured Towing Safety Management System (TSMS), to then secure a Third Party Organization-issued TSMS Certificate.

We anticipate seeing significant activity in the next 12-18 months on Subchapter M implementation, inspection, and certification. To help operators stay informed and on track, MarineCFO has published a series of webinars led by senior industry experts.

In addition to these webinars, we have published A Guide to Subchapter M, a simplified guide on achieving USCG compliance, free to download.

The U.S. Coast Guard has recognized six independent firms and several Classification Societies as Subchapter M Third Party Organizations (TPO) with delegated authority to conduct required audits and issue TSMS certifications on behalf of the U.S. Coast Guard. MarineCFO has established a partnership program with TPOs called the Shipmate Program which enables these organizations to better serve towing operators through the use of MarineCFO’s V365 electronic log and record keeping capabilities.

V365, our cloud based compliance and electronic record keeping solution, allows towing vessel owners and operators to take the components of their organized TSMS, and digitize the contents, with full audit control and procedures, for replication and data input at the vessel level. V365 does not require a constant internet connection and uses smart replication techniques to send data to shore when a connection is available. With the anticipated heightened implementation activity through December 2018, “MarineCFO is ready and willing to meet the industry’s needs with our V365 product along with the support staff to provide excellent service after the sale,” said Dean Shoultz, MarineCFO Chief Technology Officer.

About MarineCFO
MarineCFO provides technology leadership and digital transformation solutions to the maritime industry, enabling our customers to operate more safely, securely, and profitably. For more information on MarineCFO and its full suite of marine-specific compliance, operational, management and tracking solutions, feel free to email or call (866) 9-MARINE.

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