Foss Maritime taps ABS for Subchapter M compliance support

Written by Nick Blenkey
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JUNE 9, 2017 — Seattle, WA, headquartered Foss Maritime has awarded classification society ABS a Third Party Organization (TPO) contract to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M requirements.

The contract positions ABS as Foss’s TPO, providing a complete suite of Subchapter M services, including TPO surveys, International Safety Management (ISM) compliance, Load Line compliance and audits of its Responsible Carrier Program (RCP).

“As a trusted advisor to the marine industry, ABS remains committed to offering fully integrated solutions to help industry comply with regulatory requirements,” says ABS Americas Division President Jamie Smith. “ABS works with tug and tow boat owners and operators to achieve their unique compliance needs while minimizing operational service interruptions.”

“The tug and barge industry has been preparing for compliance with Subchapter M regulations for several years,” says Foss Maritime’s VP of Operations and Marine Assurance Igor Loch. “We embraced ABS as our exclusive Subchapter M partner based on their continued commitment to towing vessel safety and its comprehensive compliance solutions. We feel confident that ABS will contribute to our continued success.”

As a USCG Recognized Organization (RO) and an approved TPO, ABS provides fully integrated solutions to help owners and operators achieve and maintain Subchapter M compliance. The unique needs of any organization for compliance can be realized through a combination of services including Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) development, implementation and auditing, comprehensive plan review on behalf of the USCG, ABS class in conjunction with the International Safety Management Code (ISM), and ABS Nautical Systems’ fleet management software. ABS can administer audits for the Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) – a USCG approved TSMS option on behalf of American Waterways Operators (AWO).

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