Coast Guard to conduct 15th annual Towing Vessel Safety Seminar in Hampton Roads

5th Coast Guard District News
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard and Virginia Maritime Association personnel are scheduled to conduct the 15th annual Towing Vessel Safety Seminar Thursday for towing vessel crewmembers in the Port of Hampton Roads.

“The Towing Vessel Safety Seminar provides valuable training and networking between the local maritime community and showcases the history and maritime tradition of Hampton Roads,” said Capt. John Little, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “It also provides a framework for ensuring that the latest policies impacting this valuable industry are shared.”

Topics include a review of the suspension and revocation process, first responder training, cold water survival and bridge resource management. The event will also include exercises and classroom discussion with numerous state and local law enforcement agency first responders.

The forum will include practical evolutions and the 6th annual Tug Boatman’s Challenge where local mariners compete for prizes in practical skills and industry exercises.

“The Virginia Maritime Association is proud to join Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads as co-sponsors of the 15th annual Towing Vessel Safety Seminar,” said Art Moye, the executive vice president of VMA. “The TVSS provides towing vessel crews with refresher training as well as vital safety and survival skills. Over the years, techniques learned at the TVSS have proven to be not only beneficial to the crew members and their employers, but also to the port itself.”

The forum is made possible by the cooperation of the Coast Guard, Virginia Maritime Association, as well as multiple industry and agency partners.

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