In accordance with Subchapter M, the Benny Cenac Towing Company, Cenac Marine Services, was issued one of the first Certificate of Inspections (COI). The certificate was issued from the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Coast Guard earlier this year for the m/v Genie Cenac. Subchapter M was designed to take safety in the towing industry to a new and historic level by setting minimum safety standards for towing vessels, incorporating and building on the safeguards that AWO members have already put in place to ensure that the entire industry achieves the level of safety that is necessary to protect lives, the environment, and property.
When awarded with this COI, owner and CEO of Cenac Marine Services, Benny Cenac, was honored to have his team presented with the certificate as it insures the safety of his crew. Mr. Benny believes that Subchapter M was and continues to be the most important rulemaking event to ever effect the tugboat and towboat industry, which is why he takes this COI very seriously. In a statement released he said, “My team has worked hard with regulating bodies to ensure that we are pioneers in this industry, and I’m proud to say they took on this Sub M project with the same work ethic as all projects set before them”. To mark the occasion, Coast Guard petty officers Andrew Walters, Joshua Mull and Cory Basso presented a COI to Cenac team members Jeff Scott, Compliance Manager Dustin Walker and Safety Manager Tim Moore.
In December of 2017 the Benny Cenac Towing Company announced they had awarded a third party organization contract to ABS in order to provide oversight of the Internal Survey program. ABS was also contracted to provide additional support with ABS if/when required. In an article in Marine Link, ABS American Division President, Jamie Smith stated, “With the Certification of Inspection date rapidly approaching, ABS is guiding owners to find the right compliance solution – suited for their unique needs – while also considering operational demands.” Cenac was proud to be amongst the first.
As stated in the American Waterways Operators website, “Subchapter M establishes two paths to compliance for towing vessel operators: either annual Coast Guard inspections or the implementation of a Coast Guard-accepted Towing Safety Management System (TSMS). The TSMS option is not only the best way to promote continuous regulatory compliance and prevent accidents, but also provides vessel operators with maximum operational flexibility under the new requirements. The Coast Guard has confirmed its intent to accept the AWO Responsible Carrier Program as a TSMS based on its assessment that the RCP is substantively equivalent to the ISM Code and achieves the audit frequency required by Subchapter M.”
Benny Cenac and his towing company have already begun work on other boats and look forward to receiving future certificates of inspection. Cenac Marines Services and its team have always taken pride in their safety standards, and this is yet another way to ensure safety remains of utmost priority for all parties involved.