MarineCFO, RINA and TBS combine their collective expertise to bring value, compliance and, more importantly – safety – to the sub M space.


MarineCFO, RINA and TBS combine their collective expertise to bring
value, compliance and, more importantly – safety – to the sub M space.
By Joseph Keefe

As the ‘tin can’ represented by the so-called “Subchapter
M” towboat rules gets once more kicked
down the road, this time to February 2016 (maybe),
the clock is still ticking loudly for those towing operations
that have yet to climb on board the safety train.
At the same time, quality operators see standardized safety
practices as a way of leveling the playing fi eld, integral to
maintaining the health and profi tability of their fl eets, and
key to winning business from quality customers.
Subchapter M will be a phased-in over a period of years.
It’s not as much time as one might think. If you haven’t
started yet, you are already running late, say industry
observers, and it’s important to get it right. The obvious
reason is your operation will be dead in the water if you
don’t. Likewise, and just as importantly, those outfi ts in the
consultancy, software and survey games who hope to be a
part of the solution are also under the gun to fi ne tune the
systems and procedures that will position their current and
future clients for success, once the new rules do kick in.
With that in mind, a new industry consortium – consisting
of software provider MarineCFO, international classifi –
cation society RINA and the well-known towboat industry
consultants at Tug & Barge Solutions – has launched what
they say will be the turnkey, defi nitive answer for towboat
operators looking to gear up and come into compliance. In
a nutshell, MarineCFO, with well developed software platforms
and tools, will work closely with Tug & Barge Solutions,
who provide assistance to owners especially in the
process of SMS (generation of procedures, training on how
to use them etc.) preparation, implementation and internal
auditing of the SMS system. RINA assists the owners
through a long lasting and proven expertise in the application
and interpretation of the ISM Regulations – developed
in various sectors of the shipping and under several different
domestic and international regulatory frameworks, all
with the aim of tailoring an innovative certifi cation process
dedicated to this very peculiar market niche.
MARINECFO, RINA AND TBS – AS ONE
According to RINA’s Business Development Manager,
Ches King, RINA provides certifi cation documents to the
companies and vessels. RINA also offers training for set of
skills required for effective management of the ship owners’
operation especially related to handling safety, quality,
risk assessment and improvements. RINA also provides
external records and database accessible to the fl ag authorities
so they obtain assurance on the ship owners and/or
operators’ operations and compliance.
King continues, “Subchapter M is a way to improve
safety to personnel, property, environment and the process
(managing of towing vessels) towards economical improvements
the SMS is destined to accomplish … Here, the partnership
of MarineCFO, Tug & Barge Solutions and RINA
becomes a good alternative for vessel owners. The key benefi
t is that the owners have continuous support and benefi ts
from SMS without increasing number of their own personnel
and operational cost beyond the optimal.”
King goes on to say that all three partners have a different
role to fulfi ll for the towing vessel operator and because of
this; the cost can be lowered and at the same time a professionally
developed and maintained system provides all the
benefi ts – this is a great way to help the marine industry.
Dean Shoultz, Chief Technology Offi cer/CSA,
MarineCFO, describes Sub-Chapter M as the largest commercial
marine compliance initiative ever undertaken by the
U.S. Coast Guard in relation to the number of impacted vessels
and vessel operators. Within that effort, there are common
minimum standards owners must meet. Shoultz insists

“Foremost is adoption by the owner of a credible, verifi able Safety Management
System which is approved by USCG.
Second, monitoring of an operator’s approved Safety Management System
(SMS) practices by USCG and an approved USCG Recognized Organization
is necessary. Finally, implementation of a recordkeeping system which
documents the operator’s compliance with their Safety Management System.”
MarineCFO offers the MarineCFO Enterprise System in both Premise
Based Solution (PBS) and Software as a Services (SaaS). Uniquely, the
MarineCFO Enterprise System is a business workfl ow systemic approach
which includes the following features:Marine Operations (Shipboard Logs,
Position Reports, ECDIS Interface, & Asset Management), HSE (Navigation
Assessments, Risk Assessments, TMSA, SIRE, & Vessel General Permit,
Fleet Library (tech manuals, safety notices, policies procedures, forms),
& Ballast Water Reporting), Planned Maintenance (Engineers’ Log, Critical
System Assessments, Spares & Inventory Control, Run Times), Personnel
(MMD, TWIC, Drug Screen, Training & Dispatch), and Accounting (A/P,
A/R, Work Orders, & General Ledger).

The MarineCFO Enterprise system replicates & synchronizes ship to
shore data through a proven transmission application that interfaces with
nearly any existing onboard communication array. MarineCFO Enterprise
deploys an onboard Smart Client application to retain shipboard
data for up to three years. Dean Shoultz sums up the new
partnership nicely, saying, “RINA, TBS, and MarineCFO are sensitive
to the economic conditions facing smaller and mid-sized tug companies
but we are also cognizant of how trust is built in this industry. What we offer
to the market are companies with celebrated histories, known products
& services, and the commitment to relationship building and fi nding the
most affordable path.”

For his part, Vice President & Founder of Tug and Barge Solutions,
Pat Folan, explains the proposed process simply, “Our goal is to simplify
the process for towing vessel operators and our partnership allows us to offer
the Towing Safety Management System (Tug & Barge Solutions),
the electronic record-keeping piece (MarineCFO) and the certifi cation
of the Towing Safety Management System (RINA Services S.p.A.). The
partnership also offers the surveying piece by RINA surveyors.”
Tug & Barge Solutions provides all facets of the Towing Safety Management System (TSMS). Working
with companies to develop a customized TSMS that meets the operation’s
needs, input is taken from management and crews to ensure that all operations
are documented. Folan adds, “As the TSMS is implemented, we
train each crew member on each vessel and all shoreside personnel. We
provide internal audits to help the company grow and track corrective
and preventive actions.”
TBS hardly comes to table without qualifi cations. Two years ago, TBS
incorporated all of the items that the AWO RCP was lacking to be a recognized
TSMS into its TSMS. Folan explains further, “We had developed
a TSMS to meet AWO RCP, SUB M as written in the NPRM and the
ISM Code and we feel that we have a product that can help our AWO RCP
partners in the towing industry. We become the safety department for smaller
operators and allow the owners to focus on their core competencies,” adding,
“Our most important ‘value add’ is our understanding of the industry.
Indeed, Folan owned a towing c ompanythat operated in the northeast,
Erie Canal and onto the Great Lakes, and his TBS colleague (Steve Wilson)
operate a towing and tank barge company (Ivy Marine) that specializes in oil
transportation on the Gulf Coast.
A CROWDED FIELD
Looking ahead toward the fi nal rule, the new TBS/MarineCFO/RINA
partnership is by no means alone in the subM services race. Separately, Helm
Operations partners with sister

TBS
In depth consultative, survey, & audit services for ISM, RCP, and TSMS operators. Tug owners meet with TBS to assess Sub-Chapter M needs. They jointly determine which type of Safety Management System is most suitable and
affordable to the operator. Upon agreement the owner and TBS undertake the process of SMS Development.
MarineCFO
… onboard and shoreside Sub-Chapter M recordkeeping technology standard, confi gured to ISM, TSMS, RCP and
the Prescriptive solution. More than a Towing Vessel Record, MarineCFO is a proven Fleet Management System
which touches upon all aspects of business including operations, planned maintenance, accounting & billing, safety & compliance, personnel, document management, and asset control.
RINA
… under the authority of USCG, RINA will evaluate and approve the operator’s Safety Management System election and audits/surveys each vessel. Class RINA provides ongoing compliance support to towing operators to ensure maximum utilization of fl oating assets.

company Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) to help
clients build their SMS. Both are wholly owned ClassNK
companies. According to Helm, ClassNK America, along
with other USCG- approved Classifi cation Societies, will be
the only auditors with pre-approved subM audit authority.
And then, of course, there’s ABS. With the help of several
other ABS units, ABS and its independent sister company
ABS Group, which provides non-class services, offer
a virtual one-stop shop when it comes to safety management
and compliance. ABS Nautical Systems (NS) group
is developing a version of its FMS to support Subchapter
M in the form of a slimmed down, simplifi ed dashboard,
which will support all subM regulations, streamline data
entry and generate compliance reports, using subscriptionbased
pricing.
Not to be outdone, Baker Lyman’s software offering in
the subM space is the CORSAIR Towing Vessel Record
application, CORSAIR TVR v.2., which is said to be an
easy-to-use, scalable TVR that meets or exceeds safety, assessment,
inspection, training, recordkeeping and other
documentation requirements. It provides users of Baker Lyman’s
navigation, scheduling, safety, training, compliance
and planned maintenance assessments with pre-formatted
vessel, barge, and crew log entries, VGP permit tracking,
and enhanced daily logging functions. If it can be tracked –
CORSAIR tracks it – all without a sheet of paper.pany Safety Management Systems, LLC (SMSLLC) to help
clients build their SMS. Both are wholly owned ClassNK
companies. According to Helm, ClassNK America, along
with other USCG- approved Classifi cation Societies, will be
the only auditors with pre-approved subM audit authority.
And then, of course, there’s ABS. With the help of several
other ABS units, ABS and its independent sister company
ABS Group, which provides non-class services, offer
a virtual one-stop shop when it comes to safety management
and compliance. ABS Nautical Systems (NS) group
is developing a version of its FMS to support Subchapter
M in the form of a slimmed down, simplifi ed dashboard,
which will support all subM regulations, streamline data
entry and generate compliance reports, using subscriptionbased
pricing.
Not to be outdone, Baker Lyman’s software offering in
the subM space is the CORSAIR Towing Vessel Record
application, CORSAIR TVR v.2., which is said to be an
easy-to-use, scalable TVR that meets or exceeds safety, assessment,
inspection, training, recordkeeping and other
documentation requirements. It provides users of Baker Lyman’s
navigation, scheduling, safety, training, compliance
and planned maintenance assessments with pre-formatted
vessel, barge, and crew log entries, VGP permit tracking,
and enhanced daily logging functions. If it can be tracked –
CORSAIR tracks it – all without a sheet of paper.

GETTING IN AND STAYING IN THE GAME
Roughly 5,000 uninspected vessels will be
affected by Subchapter M, some of which
are members of the AWO, which mandates
that all members within a year of joining,
be certifi ed on its own U.S. Coast Guardapproved
SMS, the Responsible Carrier Program
(RCP). While they wait for SubM to
wend its way through the regulatory process, operators can
get SMS-certifi ed by going either with RCP and IMO’s
ISM program. And, they’ve got plenty of choices to get to
the Promised Land, when they do.
To that end, TBS’ Pat Folan brings his operational experience
to the table when he says, “We have come across a few
companies on the East and Gulf Coasts that have no intention
of complying with Sub M and those operators are planning
on retiring when the USCG tells them to, but for those
who are planning on staying in the business, they see opportunity
with Sub M and are embracing it. Our partnership
with RINA and MarineCFO can help streamline the process
and costs for those operators and help keep them in business.”
Separately, citing 2013 numbers submitted to the U.S.
Coast Guard by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
and the Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC), it was
estimated that the cost to install an SMS could reach $2.9
million for an average company. Smaller operators can feel
overwhelmed, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Subchapter
M, RCP, ISM and other SMS plans are all designed to
be scalable to fi t the needs of every operation, be it a oneboat
outfi t or a fl eet of 100. It can be as simple or sophisticated
as it needs to be. Having a safety compliance offi cer is
not required, although larger operations will probably need
them. Fortunately, SubM assistance abounds.
The newly announced TBS, RINA, and MarineCFO
partnership offers tug owners the opportunity to create a
comprehensive USCG compliant SMS through a single
port of entry at an affordable rate of investment. Elsewhere,
a herd of equally passionate service providers hope
to do the exact same thing.
MarineCFO’s Dean Shoultz puts a positive spin on what
many might view as a daunting process: “Sub-Chapter M
is a fi nancial opportunity for marine operators to invest
in their company’s long term welfare as well as the long
term stability of the domestic waterborne industry. The
Gas & Oil industry implemented SIRE, BIRE, & TMSA
as protocols to protect the commercial interests of various
parties. Tug operators seeking contracts with the Gas &
Oil Majors need to comply with these protocols or risk no
contract opportunities. Sub-Chapter M ought to be considered
as codifi cation of these commercial protocols, but
with an emphasis placed upon professional & corporate
accountability instead of contract performance.”
Shoultz clearly gets it. But, he and his RINA and TBS
partners are not alone. The SubM service provider fi eld
is deep, it brings a varied approach to a common problem
and it promises economical, real world compliance to
operators who might not have the internal resources and
wherewithal to otherwise get the job done. All of that said;
marine operators in the so-called “subM” space should
celebrate any new entry into this space. And, apparently,
they’ve got a good one.

Publicado el noviembre 30, 2015 en Technical y etiquetado en , , . Guarda el enlace permanente. Deja un comentario.

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