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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Coast Guard Steps Up Inspections of Towboats

The US Coast Guard will step up their efforts to inspect inland towboats and tugs July 1, 2011 as a part of the Towing Vessel Bridging Program (TVBP). The TVBP was initiated by a partnership between the Coast Guard and industry to smooth the transition to the forthcoming towing vessel inspection regime. The program allows towboats to be examined for compliance with current regulations to ensure they have a strong foundation for becoming inspected vessels. So far, the USCG has inspected 2,887 towing vessels that volunteered to be inspected in the 26 states that fall under the Coast Guard’s Eighth District, which is headquartered in New Orleans.

Canal Barge Company volunteered for the program and was recognized in October 2010 for achieving 100% compliance with the Towing Vessel Bridging Program. CBC was one of the first inland marine companies to have all 23 vessels awarded Uninspected Towing Vessel (UTV) decals. The decals signify a vessel has satifactorily completed the voluntary examination process through the TVBP. As our fleet grows, we are committed to this inspection program and working with the USCG to ensure the safety of our crews, equipment and customers’ product. Canal Barge is proud of our onboard mariners and our Operations Team that proactively led this voluntary program to completion for our fleet to ensure we always move with confidence.

To read more about the inspection program and the collaboration between our industry and the US Coast Guard click here.