AWO Testifies Before Congress
Today, the American Waterways Operators testified before two congressional committees on the state of the American maritime industry.Tom Allegretti, President & CEO, testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee while across the Capitol, Jennifer Carpenter, Executive Vice President & COO, appeared before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. In written testimonies submitted to the Committee and Subcommittee, both Mr. Allegretti and Mrs.
AWO RCP Accepted as Existing SMS Under Subchapter M
The U.S. Coast Guard formally accepted the American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP) as an existing Safety Management System that complies with the requirements of Subchapter M. In a letter conveying the acceptance, RADM Paul Thomas, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, wrote, “This is a significant milestone in the implementation of Subchapter M and... your staff and your members are to be commended on this remarkable achievement. Subchapter M…
Quote of the Day: Subchapter M
As the American Waterways Operators (AWO) convenes itsSpring Convention & Annual Membership Meeting today through Thursday in Washington, D.C., at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel, today's "Quote of the Day" comes from AWO's Jennifer Carpenter, excerpted from her interview set to appear in the May 2016 edition of MarineNews. "It is absolutely time to get Subchapter M published. Jennifer A.
No Need to Change Tug Workers’ Hours -Study
The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, hailed a study conducted for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine which concludes that “[t]here is currently no scientific data to support […] a change in hours of service” for towing vessel crewmembers. Instead of regulatory changes to hours of service, which “are not likely to be the most effective way to increase sleep durations and improve sleep quality…
AWO Promotes Carpenter to Chief Operating Officer
The American Waterways Operators (AWO), a national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, has announced that Executive Vice President Jennifer Carpenter has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer, effective January 1, 2016. In announcing the promotion, AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti said, “Jennifer’s promotion to Chief Operating Officer is richly deserved and fully earned during a quarter century of exemplary service. The journey of advocacy excellence and safety leadership on which AWO has been embarked is one that Jennifer has effectively led.
Carpenter Promoted AWO Executive Vice President
The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced that Jennifer Carpenter, AWO’s Senior Vice President – National Advocacy, has been promoted to the new position of Executive Vice President, effective immediately. In announcing the promotion, AWO President & CEO Tom Allegretti said, “Jennifer’s promotion to Executive Vice President is richly deserved and fully earned. She has demonstrated consistently over many…
Barge Industry Addresses USCG Draft SGEWW
The American Waterways Operators, the national trade association representing the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, submitted comments on the U.S. Coast Guard’s draft policy for the bulk carriage of conditionally permitted shale gas extraction wastewater (SGEWW). AWO members account for more than 80% of domestic barge tonnage, including the vast majority of tank barges and two-thirds of towing vessel horsepower, moving cargoes essential to the American economy on the inland rivers, the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts, and the Great Lakes.
Coast Guard-AWO Vessel Rider Program Kicks Off Second Year
For the second consecutive year, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are spending time on board tugboats and towboats this summer as part of a program under the auspices of the Coast Guard-American Waterways Operators (AWO) Safety Partnership. The Coast Guard Academy Cadet Towing Vessel Rider Program was established in February 2012 to educate cadets on the tugboat, towboat and barge industry through a week or more of shoreside and onboard training. This year’s program is off to a strong start…
A Regulatory Seascape
Regulation shapes the workboat industry perhaps more than any other single factor. This regulatory seascape includes a myriad of onerous and ever-changing rules. A ‘SITREP’ on those choppy waters is therefore in order. Last December, the Coast Guard closed the public comment period following its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requiring nearly all towing vessels to obtain Certificates of Inspection under Subchapter M of CFR 46. The Coast Guard’s Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise (NCE) estimates that there are 5,800 U.S.