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Third Party Organization Compliance and Verification Services

Following the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register and in accordance of the rule, ClassNK can provide compliance and verification services.  As a recognized and an authorized classification society per 46 CFR 8.100, ClassNK meets the requirements of a Third Party Organization per 46 CFR Subchapter M. 

The following external auditing and surveying services is offered by ClassNK to companies and vessels subject to 46 CFR Subchapter M as a qualified Third Party Organization:

  • Conduct audits of a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS), and the vessels to which the TSMS applies, to verify compliance with the applicable provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M
  • Issue TSMS certificates to the owner or managing operator who is in compliance with part 138 of 46 CFR Subchapter M
  • Conduct surveys of towing vessels to verify compliance with the applicable provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M
  • Issue survey reports detailing the results of surveys, carried out in compliance with part 137 of 46 CFR Subchapter M

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Towing Safety Management System audit

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Towing vessel survey

  • Verifying compliance of Towing Safety Management System and applying towing vessels
  • Issuing a TSMS certificate to the owner or managing operator 
  • Verifying compliance of towing vessels according to 46 CFR Subchapter M survey requirements
  • Issuing survey reports detailing the results of survey in compliance with regulations
With the publication of the final rule of 46 CFR Subchapter M in the Federal Register, ClassNK is updating its standards and guidelines in accordance with the regulations.  Please contact the ClassNK America Headquarters at (201)-944-8021 or Info@ClassNKAmerica.com, should you have any questions regarding our compliance verification services.