Crewmember Program for Towing Vessels - Subchapter M

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Apx. 5,500 towing vessels and 31,000 barges comprise the US domestic fleet. These vessels provide job and career opportunities for more than 50,000.


The Subchapter M regulations will affect thousands of vessels across the maritime industry. All companies operating towing vessels must have a Certificate of Inspection from the USCG starting with 25% of their fleet by July 22nd, 2019 to 100% of their fleet being inspected by July 19th, 2022.

The Tug and Barge Crew Member Training Program which is self-paced and completely on-line. Any applicant who completes the Crewmember Program for Towing Vessels – Subchapter M (On-Line) course and presents the certificate of training within one year of completion will satisfy the Subchapter M training requirements of 46 CFR 140.505, 515,645 and 915 for Towing Vessels.

Course Topics:

• Lifesaving and Firefighting on Tugs
Intro to Lifesaving and Firefighting on Tugs, Lifesaving, Fire Protection

• Towing Vessel Operations
Intro to Towing vessel operations, Operation of Tugboats, Equipment and tools on tugs, Hazards and Handling of Dangerous Chemicals, Vessel Stability

• Safety of Navigation on Tugs
Safety of navigation and towing vessel operations, Safe Working Practices, Safety of Navigation

• Sub-M and Towing Safety Management Crewmember
Program for Towing Vessels
Towing Safety Management System, Manning and Licensing Requirements for Tugboats, Tug Construction and Machinery Arrangements

The Benefits of ECM’s Online Courses:

  • Flexible course enrollment
  • Interactive online program proctored by industry experts
  • Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
  • Certificate of achievement issued by ECM Training Services upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for condidates to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule