The Towing Safety Advisory Committee (TSAC) will meet via teleconference on June 4 to receive tasking related to the report of investigation into the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU) Kulluk grounding incident and receive reports from seven active TSAC subcommittees.

The agenda for teleconference includes:
(1) Assignment of new tasking to the Committee for recommendations on the U.S. Coast Guard’s Report Of Investigation (ROI) into the MODU Kulluk grounding incident.
(2) Receive the draft final report from the Subcommittee on Recommendations for Designation of Narrow Channels.
(3) Status updates from the following subcommittees:

  • (a) Recommendations regarding manning of inspected towing vessels.
  • (b) Recommendations for evaluating placement of structures adjacent to or within the navigable channel.
  • (c) Recommendations for the maintenance, repair and utilization of towing equipment, lines and couplings.
  • (d) Recommendations for midstream liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas refueling of towing vessels.
  • (e) Recommendations for improvement of Coast Guard marine casualty reporting.
  • (f) Recommendations to establish criteria for identification of air draft for towing vessels and tows.

(4) TSAC member comments.
(5) Public comments.

The teleconference will take place on Wednesday, June 4, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. To participate by phone, please contact:

Mr. William J. Abernathy, Alternate Designated Federal Official (ADFO) of TSAC, Commandant (CG–OES–2), U.S. Coast Guard, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE

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