The establishment of a towing vessel inspection regime is a significant milestone in AWO members’ quarter-century journey of continuous improvement to enhance safety and environmental stewardship, working with customers and the Coast Guard to achieve the goals of zero harm to human life, to the environment and to property as we transport the nation’s waterborne commerce. (Editor’s note: This blog first appeared in the August 2015 issue of WorkBoat. Recently, the Coast Guard developed a new form, CG-835V, Vessel Inspection Requirements, which was specifically tailored to capture more detailed deficiency data that is aligned with globally accepted Port State Control methodologies.)

changes to the U.S. Coast Guard Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Manual, Volume I, COMDTINST M16114.32D: a. Replaced former Part 5:Boat Forces Standardization System (2.0)with new Part 5: Boat Forces Readiness Framework, containing full explanation of the framework designed to promote safe and effective boat operations through an evaluation ... They will send a representative to your factory to help you comply with the regulations, but it is not an inspection, and it does not mean your boats are Approved or Certified. The terms US Coast Guard Certified and US Coast Guard Approved have specific meanings defined by law.