Tug and also Barge Solutions passes 100 vessel landmark


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Chrystie Benson, Helm Operations (left) and also Pat and also Sandy Folan, Tug and also Barge Solutions, at Helm Conference 2018

OCTOBER 4, 2018– Less than 2 years because it started assisting yank and also barge driver Ivy Marine turn into one of the very first business to attain conformity with brand-new Subchapter M guidelines, Daphne, AL, headquartered Tug and also Barge Solutions (TBS) reports that greater than 100 vessels currently utilize its Towing Safety Management System and also audit solutions, which are powered by Helm CONNECT software program.

Founded in 2012 by yank captain transformed ISM/ISO auditor Pat Folan and also lugging vessel drivers Steve Wilson and also Patrick Boles, TBS has actually been assisting lugging vessel drivers attain conformity with the United States Coast Guard (USCG), International Safety Management (ISM), Tanker Management and also Self-Assessment (TMSA) and also various other requirements for greater than 5 years. Starting with drivers on the UNITED STATE Gulf Coast and also along the Intracoastal Waterway, TBS has actually progressively broadened to offer vessel drivers throughout the UNITED STATE Since the launch of the USCG’s Subchapter M guidelines, TBS has actually become a leading specialists for attaining Sub M conformity, giving lugging drivers with an easy-to-implement towing security administration system (TSMS).

“We saw the changes coming to the industry and wanted to put together a complete system to help small fleet operators achieve compliance,” statesPat Folan “As a former tug captain myself, I knew how important it was to keep things simple, and easy for crew to use.”

TBS made headings in September 2016 when it aided its other Daphne- based yank and also barge driver Ivy Marine turn into one of the very first business in the nation to obtain USCG accreditation for its TSMS, jumping in advance of numerous bigger drivers to attain Subchapter M conformity. In simply 2 years ever since, TBS’s customer base has actually expanded to consist of greater than 125 vessels in the United States. Over 100 of these vessels utilize Helm CONNECT to handle their conformity tasks and also documents.

A crucial element to TBS’s development has actually been the business’s close collaboration with Helm Operations and also use Helm CONNECT, states Folan.

TBS gives its consumers with a personalized TSMS system including upkeep and also conformity regimens, all within the Helm CONNECT system, which is accessed using a web link or set up in your area on vessels. Data from types, conformity and also upkeep regimens finished by the staff are instantaneously shown to the vessels’ proprietors and also TBS, permitting TBS to give comments and also take care of conformity and also security in close to live.

As TBS remains to expand its procedures amongst Subchapter M vessels, the business is likewise dealing with Helm Operations to increase right into a bigger series of markets.

“As a company, our goal has always been to support a wider group of customers. Thanks to Helm CONNECT, we’re now able to serve more customers in a wide variety of verticals, and we’re currently working with Helm Operations to develop new safety management systems for dredging, marine construction vessels, as well as passenger and fishing vessels going forward,” states Folan.

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