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Towing compliance program integrates with Helm CONNECT

Tug and Barge Solutions (TBS) has announced a new partnership with Helm Operations that will see the TBS safety and compliance management program integrated with Helm CONNECT for customers who wish to use an electronic system to manage their safety and compliance, particularly for Subchapter M.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}This will allow operators to implement a digital Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) with TBS, using Helm CONNECT to manage the record-keeping requirements in Subchapter M, a federal set of rules in the US for the inspection of towing vessels.

The final rule of 46 CFR Subchapter M officially came into effect on July 20th, 2016. By July 20th, 2018 all towing vessels required to have a COI (Certificate of Inspection) issued from US Coast Guard must be in compliance with Subchapter M.

“It’s great to have Tug and Barge Solutions using Helm CONNECT to help its towing vessel customers who need to comply with Subchapter M,” said Rodger Banister, VP of marketing for Helm Operations, a ClassNK subsidiary.

“The incorrect impression many smaller operators have is that they’re too small to afford software, which just isn’t the case with Helm CONNECT.”

Tug and Barge Solutions will offer Helm CONNECT as a package solution with its safety and compliance management services.{/mprestriction}

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