Pictured: Bruce Reed (on left), Tidewater VP & COO; Jeff Deronde, MST1 USCG
Back row (L to R): Chris Springer, District 13 USCG; Bill Collins, Tidewater EHS&S Director; Josh Jarman, Tidewater Quality & Compliance Manager; Marc Schwartz, Tidewater Maintenance & Engineering Manager; Craig Nelson, Tidewater Vessel Operations Manager; Bruce Reed, Tidewater VP & COO; Josh Nichols, Tidewater Captain & Assistant Port Captain. Front row (L to R): Austin Murai, MSTC USCG; Brian Fletcher, Tidewater Port Captain; Jeff Deronde, MST1 USCG
Tidewater's Crown Point Issued First USCG's Certificate of Inspection on West Coast
Tidewater Transportation and Terminals of Vancouver, Washington, today announced that the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance and the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River has issued a Certificate of Inspection (COI) to the towing vessel Crown Point for compliance under the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Subchapter M - safety regulations governing the inspection, standards and safety management systems of towing vessels. This COI is the first issued to a west coast (PACAREA) tugboat/towboat operator.
The Crown Point is the first of three custom-built, state-of-the-art river towboats built for Tidewater in 2015. Measuring 102’x38’x14’ with 2,240 BHP, the Crown Point was specifically designed and built for the Columbia-Snake River system, and incorporates many advanced concepts to set new standards in safety and efficiency.
“We operate under a safety management system that puts the health and safety of the public, our environment, and our employees first,” explained Bill Collins, Director of Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S). “All of our tugs meet or exceed the increasingly stringent industry requirements for towing vessels.”
“The issuance of this COI represents a significant accomplishment by Tidewater,” said Bruce Reed, Tidewater Vice-President and Chief Operations Officer. “It is a testament to the skills, dedication, and thoroughness of our marine employees, and Operations and EHS&S departments.”
More than 5,500 U.S.-flagged towing vessels will need to be compliant to the new USCG regulation by July 20, 2018. The certification not only demonstrates full compliance with the Subchapter M requirements, but also shows a commitment to a more comprehensive approach to safety and environmental protection.