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Providing 46 CFR Subchapter M
compliance verification in line with
the vision of your organization


An approved Third Party Organization to provide external audits and surveys
of towing vessels

Providing external audits
and surveys as a third party
organization recognized
by the US Coast Guard


Established auditing and surveying programs of towing vessels for 46 CFR Subchapter M

Established auditing and surveying programs for towing vessels for 46 CFR Subchapter M


Capable team with specialized training for
Towing Safety Management System audits


A Recognized Classification Society which regularly conducts surveys and audits on behalf of the USCG


Experienced technical
staff that are reliable resources,
current on new and changing regulations


Working toward a safer,
greener future.

A Class of Its Own.


We anticipated the growth in the towing industry and developed inspection programs for your regulatory compliance needs and requirements.  


We offer a complete range of auditing and surveying services for towing vessels that comply with the requirements of 46 CFR Subchapter M. 


We have knowledgeable technical staff that have the compliance experience and are reliable resources due to their understanding of the regulations.


We are one of the world's largest classification societies with more than 230 million gross tons on register and 20% of the world's commercial vessels.

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AWO and ClassNK Sign Agreement on Responsible Carrier Program Audits

The American Waterways Operators and ClassNK are pleased to announce the signing of an agreement under which ClassNK will be authorized to conduct audits of AWO’s Responsible Carrier Program, a safety management system for towing vessels with which all AWO members must comply as a condition of association membership.

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46 CFR Subchapter M Compliance - New safety regulations for towing vessels

With the release of the 46 CFR Subchapter M regulations from the U.S. Coast Guard, we are prepared to provide third-party auditing and surveying services to assist clients in fulfilling regulatory requirements for towing vessels.

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