USCG: How to successfully implement TSMS

In 2019, USCG marine inspectors detained 41 towing vessels for Code 30 deficiencies, reflecting a vessel’s failure to implement a Towing Vessel Safety Management System (TSMS) or a lack of familiarity with a TSMS.

Of those, 32% used the TSMS option and 68% used the Coast Guard option. Vessels that chose the Coast Guard option are not required to implement an SMS, and therefore may not be proactively managing safety as closely as those vessels that chose the TSMS option, USCG said.

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