Upcoming Professional Marine Safety Management Courses:

Marine Incident Investigation & Root Cause Analysis: June 12 &13: this revised course introduces a simplified graphical method to determine and document root cause, corrective and preventive actions. See more and register here.

Internal Auditor for Subchapter M: July 9&10. This USCG accepted internal auditor course is taught through TVIB. Register for this required training here.

Risk Management: July 11: Learn how to meet the risk requiremements of RCP, Sub M and TMSA3 in this one day class. Learn more here.

TSMS Objectives for Managers and Designated Persons: July 12: Learn how to properly document compliance with Sub M TSMS objectives using your internal audits and other methods. Learn the regulatory requirements and hazards for Designated Persons:  See more and register here.

​Two new marine courses for operations, safety, compliance and management personnel:

Risk Management Course
: ActSAFE Training is offering a one day Risk Management course on December 13 in Houston. The course covers: Qualitative Risk Assessments (QRA), Risk Assessment vs. Risk Management, overview of the ISO 31000 Risk Management standard, best practices in JSAs and the “Risk Pyramid”. Participants will leave this course with a better understanding of what risk tools are and how to use select risk tools in a marine organization. Participants will be provided with a process for Qualitative Risk Assessments and Job Safety Analysis. These risk processes meet the intent of TMSA3, RCP and Subchapter M.

Subchapter M TSMS Objectives for Management & Designated Persons: As the industry enters into a regulated management system world, the TSMS becomes critical. This course covers: the history of Designated Person (DP), understanding the importance of TSMS purpose, design, implementation issues, DP requirements for RCP, Sub M & ISM Code, critical success factors for successful management systems, advanced view of James Reasons’ causation model, Management of Change, Hierarchy of Controls, what should generate corrective and preventive actions, effective Management Review practices for high performing organizations and more. These subjects, and more are explored using case studies, videos, group discussions and practical exercises. This course is critical for managers and DPs in a regulated world. T

Both courses are suitable for: managers, safety personnel, vetting personnel, regulators, internal and external auditors, surveyors and operations personnel. . Contact 281-452-9940 X205 to reserve your spot today.
See the Internal Marine Lead Auditor Course below:
The next USCG recognized Internal Marine Lead Auditor Course, is being held November 14 & 15th in Houston (Channelview). Seats are limited. Under Subchapter M, internal Auditors are required to have this USCG recognized training. This course is the only course specifically written for the Inland Brown Water industry and taught by trained instructors with USCG licenses and significant auditing experience. Bring your Sub M, TMSA or RCP questions to the course. Be ready for Subchapter M.


Earn your Coast Guard Recognized Internal Auditor Certificate-this is not a basic ISO 9001 Auditor Course-this course is specifically authorized by the USCG and is taught by qualified marine auditors.

SafeMARINER's USCG recognized: Marine Internal Lead Auditor course is being offered September 12 & 13 in Paducah, KY, sign up through the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau. Learn more about the course here. This best-in-class course has been attended by over 250 people-build your professional resume, learn more about Subchapter M auditing, and be prepared for meeting the regulation. Other seasons are planned through out the year.

Due to Hurricane Harry the September 1 TSMS Designated Person course has been cancelled. We will advise and post new dates when scheduled..



ACTSafe Training is now offering a one day TSMS & Designated Person course on Friday September 01 in Houston, TX. This practical hands on training uses a case study method to review and understand the USCG TSMS Objectives and Functional Requirements. The differences in DP requirements for RCP, Subchapter M and the ISM Code are discussed in detail. The focus of this course is to learn how to make your TSMS more effective and what you need to do to document that you are meeting the Subchapter M DP and TSMS sections.Who should attend: DPA’s Safety Compliance Managers, Operations Managers, anyone wishing to understand the TSMS objectives and functional requirements in Subchapter M.  Materials in the course include: Videos, course manual, and case studies. The course is taught by experienced and credentialed auditors and SMS consultants. Bring your RCP TSMS and TMSA3 questions. Contact Rick@safemariner.com or the ACTion group 281-452-9940 x 205 to register-several spots are open.

ACTSafe Training is a partnership developed between SafeMARINERSM and the ACTion group.  The Initial course offering was the USCG recognized equivalent Marine Internal Lead Auditor Course per 46 CFR 138.310 (d) (2). We have since added:

-Risk Management 101
-TSMS & Designated Person
-Risk Management 201
(coming soon)



Risk Management course:  A one day Risk Management course is being conducted in Channel View, TX on Friday June 30th. This course covers Qualitative Risk Assessments, JSA and Last Minute Risk Assessments. You will leave with actual formats that you can use in your organization. If you're interested in one or two of the open seats call Kathleen Eagle at 201-452-9940 X205  e mail: Kathleene@theActionGroup.com   Registration closes soon.
TMSA3 Gap Analysis
SafeMARINER is now booking TMSA 3 Gap Assessment and training for Stage 1 & 2 or higher. Spots are available for the 3Q and 4Q17. Contact Rick today (281)-309-8499.
Navigation Assessments
SafeMARINER and Seamen's Church Institute will be offering 3rd party Navigation Assessments compliant with TMSA3 stage 1,2 & 3. These assessments leverage off the lessons learned and taught in the Advanced Pilothouse Management simulator training. Get more out of your simulator training by reinforcing best practices underway. This best in class assessment process will start soon. Contact Rick Dunn 281-309-8499 of Michael Nation (504) 982-0072.
SafeMARINER is now booking gap assessment workshops and practice audits for TMSA3. The new  TMSA is even more aligned with the ISM Code and has many changes, some minor and some totally new.
SafeMARINER is now offering a proprietary guide and gap analysis tool (SafeTMSA3), for customers booking a gap assessment session. This coaching and gap assessment process helps companies understand and customize a Road Map for TMSA success. Contact Rick to book a session at your company for the 3Q or 4Q 2017. e-mail:  rick at safemariner dot com.
Earn your Coast Guard Recognized Internal Auditor Certificate.

SafeMARINER's USCG recognized: Marine Internal Lead Auditor course is being offered May 22 & 23rd in St. Louis, sign up through the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau. Learn more about the course here. This best-in-class course has been attended by over 250 people-build your professional resume, learn more about Subchapter M auditing, and be prepared for meeting the regulation. Other seasons are planned through out the year.
SafeMARINER is now offering Navigation Auditor Training at your office. This training meets TMSA3 standards and includes a customizable navigation audit protocol. This course also satisfies USCG requirements for Assessment Techniques Training for Designated Examiners. Contact SafeMARINER for more information (281) 309-8499.
SafeMARINER LLC successfully earns ISO 9001:2015 Certification. Today, SafeMARINER passed a two-day comprehensive external audit to the 2015 ISO Quality Standard. This certification focusses on: Leadership, Risk Based Process and Measurable Objectives. Want to get ahead of your customer development-SafeMARINER now is helping companies obtain ISO 9001 Certification. See our quality policy here.
Internal Auditor Course Required by Subchapter M has open seats for the March 9 & 10 and March 20 & 21 courses. Contact SafeMARINER for details.
SafeMARINER, LLC and the ACTion group’s Marine Internal Lead Auditor course is being taught several times this year. Take this USCG recognized course by signing up via TVIB. Your company does not have to be a member of TVIB to take this course.
A private session of this course is being held on March 9 & 10th in Channelview, TX, several openings are still available. For this March 9 & 10th course or to arrange a course to be held at your company site, please contact SafeMARINER at 281  309  8499 direct.
See some use marine website links here.
Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau offers Marine Surveying Course February 13-17  (click here) to learn more.
SafeMARINER's, and the ACTion group's, USCG recognized course: Marine Internal Lead Auditor course is being offered January 21 & Feb 1st, sign up through the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau. Learn more about the course here. Other seasons are planned through out the year.
TVIB receives USCG Approval as a TPO for subchapter M. Congratulations TVIB!​​
SafeMARINER, LLC and the ACTion group’s Marine Internal Lead Auditor course has been audited by a third party register and is now recognized as the first internal lead auditor course developed specifically for the inland industry and subchapter M. The course has been certified as meeting the ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems and the ISO 9001 Quality Management System Requirements.  The USCG has reviewed the course and determined that it is substantially equivalent to an ISO 9001 course and meets internal auditor training requirements under 46 CFR 138.310 (d)(2).

Rick Dunn, SafeMARINER’s President says: “This course is specifically developed for and by marine industry professionals, it covers advanced principles of safety management and fully meets the international auditing standards”. "This course is full of practical hands on exercises for opening meetings, closing meetings, developing audit protocols meeting TMSA and regulatory standards”, reports David Foret, ACTion group President. The course has been taught since May 2014 and is considered best-in-class based upon participant course evaluations.

The course is taught throughout the year in Houston, and can be provided at a company’s site. For more information, contact SafeMARINER, LLC 281 - 309-8499 or the ACTiongroup 281 - 452-9940. 
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphone Safety Recall. The USCG has issued a safety bulletin regarding certain Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones here.
Rick Dunn of SafeMARINER, LLC has been appointed as a guest lecturer at Texas A&M College of Engineering-Industrial Distribution Program. Rick assists with various quality and safety management topics, including: supplier management, ISO 9000 and related subjects. Texas A&M College of Engineering has been recently ranked #16 in the USA, and the Industrial Distribution Degree is #1 in the USA. High performing organizations understand the critical importance of these quality management topics.




Need a primer on safety footwear. Redwing has written a concise white paper on the subject. See it here.






The ISM Code Option-Less is More:

A company can use the ISM Code to meet Sub M TSMS requirements. In fact, many oil majors consider the ISM Code to be a gold standard for marine safety management systems. SafeMARINER has developed SafeISM. We uses this proprietary process to customize a lean and effective Towing Safety Management System. A typical TSMS today may be 250+ pages in a 4-inch binder. The SafeISM. process customizes a TSMS that can also be TMSA compliant and is typically 70 pages, or less, providing efficiency and safety effectiveness benefits. SafeMARINER has years of experience with developing ISM TMSA procedures and facilitating over 50 external ABS audits. Companies wishing to remain AWO members can do so with the ISM Code. Contact SafeMARINER to discuss the options. Sometimes “less is more” !


OSHA on Incentive Programs:


A new article in Safety & Health Magazine (September 2016), tackles controversial issues in the new OSHA Record Keeping rule. One of those issues is that OSHA is taking exception to safety incentive programs that discourage injury reporting. The Safe & Health article say: "OSHA also provides examples of incentive programs that could discourage reporting. At one workplace, employees who reported an OSHA-recordable injury were left out of a drawing for a new televisions. Another employer award as much as $1,500 if no recordable injuries were reported" (p. 52)/


SafeMARINER recommends reviewing your incentive programs to ensure they do not inadvertently discourage injury or illness reporting regardless if your employees come under OHSA record keeping regulations or not. You may wish to consult your attorney for legal advice on this matter. SafeMARINER conducts OSHA 300 Record Keeping and case management training that can be to your competitive advantage.




Topic for office or fleet safety meetings: "home safety". See home electrical safety tips from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) here. Promoting home safety is good business!


Top causes of injury and deaths: Do you know what are the top causes of injuries and deaths in the work place? at home? See information from the National Safety Council here. Use the NSC 2016 Injury Facts CD to build interesting shore-side safety presentations. Do you hold shore side safety meetings? if not, why not? 


The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the premier professional safety organization in the United States. Learn more about the benefits of being a member or professional member  here.


CPR: some companies require "CPR Awareness training".  SafeMARINER℠ recommends using only certified training in CPR as availalbe from the National Safety Council or Red Cross


Marine Incident Investigation & Root Cause Training is essential for higher performing organizations. Proper investigation, determination of cause and development of Corrective & Preventive Actions reduces risk. Contact us if you would like a quote on our best-in-class training.


There's a science and set of best practices for calculating and presenting safety statistics. Are you showing your best safety stats to your customers? Did you know that the AWO safety statistics program is missing two significant categories of injuries, and that this probably hurts your statistics? SafeMARINER℠, LLC provides training on OSHA record keeping, case management and best practices in statistical management. For companies wishing to advance to TMSA Stage 2 and 3, use of statistics is key and can help your competitive advantage.



The next Internal Marine Lead Auditor Course, is being held October 25 & 26 in Houston at San Jacinto Maritime College. Seats are limited. Register via the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (open to TVIB members and non-members). This course is being taught by SafeMARINER℠, LLC and the ACTion group.


Does your Risk Assessment process add value to your company?  Does is meet the ISO Risk Standard?  Get your organization ready for Subchapter M compliant risk programs. SafeMARINER℠, LLC provides Qualitative Risk Assessment training, Risk Management audits and HAZOP training for best-in-class risk methods. Make Risk Management add value to your organization. SafeMARINER's℠  Rick Dunn is a graduate of the American Society of Engineers Risk Certificate Program and risk auditor.





Stay abreast of OSHA rules and tools-sign up for OSHA QuickTakes.


SafeMARINER℠ announces a new service assisting companies with developing and obtaining ISO 9001:2015 complaint management systems. If you want to get your marine service or towing company into a more competitive position-SafeMARINER℠ will help develop a simple yet effective management system.


"ISO 9001:2015 specifies requirements for a quality management system when an organization:
a) needs to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products and services that meet customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, and
b) aims to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.

All the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 are generic and are intended to be applicable to any organization, regardless of its type or size, or the products and services it provides" (source ISO.org).


USCG issues a Safety Alert regarding the need to inspect life jackets.




Rick Dunn, President of SafeMARINER℠, LLC has been approved by the USCG National Maritime Center to teach Bridge Resource Management (ship, tugs, Pilots) and RADAR Observer for Seamen's Church Institute Center for Maritime Education.


SafeMARINER℠, LLC successfully under went its third ISO 9001 external audit. The SafeMARINER℠, LLC Quality Management System is designed to help ensure customers receive the quality of services agreed to and that customer issues, complaints and continual improvement actions are promptly resolved. Interested in ISO 9001 ?  SafeMARINER℠ can assist you with a quality process to help understand and exceed your customers expectations. The ISO 9001:2015 revision is Risk Based-a SafeMARINER℠  speciality. Learn more about ISO and the benefits here.




The ISM Code is a viable option to consider for meeting the TSMS requirements of Subchapter M. SafeMARINER℠ has extensive knowledge and experience in over 80 ISM Code external and internal audits and helps companies with: ISM Code Gap Analysis reviews, ISM Mock Audits, ISM Code training. 


OSHA fines to increase effective next week. Reminder, your office, warehouse and even waterfront facilities are subject to OSHA regulations. Be prepared. SafeMariner℠ can assist you in preparing your internal audit program to address OSHA requirements.


USCG issues Safety Advisory 06-16 regarding Random Chemical Testing Requirements for Marine Employers, Sponsoring Organizations and Mariners. SafeMARINER℠ LLC recommends including your drug and alcohol program as part of your annual internal management system audit. This will help ensure compliance and demonstrate management commitment (both required under Subchapter M).


Ladders can be a hazard if not used properly. Here's a link to free ladder safety training for your shore or afloat personnel.



USCG Issues Final Subchapter M Rule.  SafeMARINER℠ assists companies with enhancing their management system to meet Towing Safety Management System requirements or developing an ISM compliant Safety Management System to meet the Subchapter M requirements. A lean and effective TSMS is much better than volumes of procedures.



Need a new topic for your office or onboard safety meetings? Try this free resource: OSHA Quick Cards (Here).


New Service: Risk Assessment Gap Analysis. Is your risk process really helping your company reduce risk? SafeMARINER℠ can assess your risk program against the ISO and ANSI Risk Standards. Get more from your risk program. Rick Dunn is experienced ASSE Professional trained and certified in Risk Management Techniques and standards. Does your management understand Risk Management?  Did you know there are 31 recognized risk tools? You don't need that many however there are 4 that really can add value-if done correctly. SafeMARINER℠ provides one day customized Risk Management training and workshops for executives. Risk management is a requirement of TMSA and RCP 2016-make your risk programs work to protect your company. If your risk process is not discovering risks....you probably don't have an effective program-lets make it work for you and reduce incidents.


Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) is the gold standard for safety professionals who wish to be certified in: safety management, training, management systems, risk assessment, business aspects of safety, environmental sustainability and environmental systems. CSHM is accredited by the Counsel of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). It's not easy, but its a great knowledge builder and career development credential. SafeMARINER℠  provides coaching and instruction for those willing to take on this significant credential.  “CSHM is the ultimate recognition for EHS professionals with knowledge and experience in safety management and general business principles. It is ideal for those who seek Executive positions within their organizations.” ISHM website.  Rick Dunn, CSHM


USCG Issues a Marine Safety Alert regarding an incident where a towboat temporarily lost electrical power underway. SafeMARINER℠ suggests companies evaluate their PM process regarding the lessons contained in this Safety Bulletin


Z-10, what is it?  ANSI Z-10  is widely considered the most effective Safety Management System standard in the U.S. Want to move ahead of the competition? Lets talk about Z-10.


Hurricane Season is here. Are you prepared? Discuss at your next operations or safety meeting. See free resources and the Emergency App from the Red Cross here. SafeMARINER℠  can help you develop a Business Continuity Plan that meets recognized standards.




Book Review: ISGOTT, the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals is considered the bible for technical oil cargo transfer issues and topics. This book is used by professionals world wide. Every barge and tank ship operator should be familiar with this essential guide. Use it to solve technical challenges and in your training programs. This book covers most all issues from Reid Vapor Pressure, flash point and flammability to toxicity, gas measurement, safety issues, static electricity, portable electronic equipment, fire-fighting, security, equipment, enclosed spaces, the human element, terminal operations, and much more. Add it to your professional library. See more books on the Links  page.


Book Review: Want a good practical guide to implementing the ISM Code? Guidelines to the Application of the IMO International Safety Management (ISM) Code is very good and practical. SafeMARINER℠ has extensive years of experience in developing ISM management systems, procedures, preparing for external ISM certification audits by Class, and conducting ISM mock auditsContact Risk for more information if you wish to use the ISM Code as an alternative to meet the Subchapter M Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) requirements. SafeMARINER℠ specializes in helping you re-tool your SMS to meet both TMSA and ISM. The time to start is now!


 e-Navigation Underway Conference October 17-19, 2016  being held at the San Jacinto College-Maritime Training Center, La Porte, Texas.
Conference Theme: “E-Navigation in the Gulf Area, Meeting information needs where Brown Water, Blue Water and Port Facilities Intersect”

Why attend:

  • Enhance your general knowledge of e-navigation
  • Get updated on U.S. Government programs and plans
  • Learn about developments that could affect your future
  • Make your needs know to planners and project managers
  • Interact with those at the heart of e-navigation development

Rick Dunn ofSafeMARINER℠ , LLCis one of the many speakers at this professional conference. Click here for more details and register for this event. For more information, go to www.e-navnorthamerica.org


There are still a few openings in the Marine Internal Lead Auditor  Course  being conducted June 9-10 in Houston, Texas. SafeMARINER℠ , LLC and the ACTiongroup are conducting this course for the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau. This course is open to both TVIB members and non-members, to sign up, contact Cindy at the TVIB  e mail: cindyh@thetvib.org or call: 636-778-9772.  Space is limited in this popular two-day class.





Encloses Space Entry and working at heights are higher risk operations. Major oil customers and TMSA Auditors are now expecting programs and procedures for these higher risk activities. No longer is it acceptable to simply say "Our Crewmemebers do not go into enclosed spaces..."  Let SafeMARINER℠  help you customize a best-in-class program for these higher risk activities. Set you mariners up for success and reduce risk!


Voyage Plans  should be written to help reduce risk. SafeMARINER℠  has developed simple, risk-based voyage plans that any mariner can easily use. For boats that typically only work in harbors the SafeVOY℠  is a special Voyage Planning job aid that minimizes paperwork while meeting TMSA requirements. Make voyage plans work for your business!


Need Navigation Auditor training? SafeMARINER℠  provides navigation assessment protocols that are customized to your company. Training is conducted in auditing, assessment and training techniques. Underway navigation audits can reduce risk to your company-use a best-in-class approach!


Ready for Subchapter M?  SafeMARINER℠  is developing a Designated Person Ashore training course that covers: management system fundamentals, Sub M requirements for Designated Persons, conflicts of interest, ethics and DPA responsibilities. Contact SafeMARINER℠  for information on this new course customized for you company.




There are still a few openings in the Marine Internal Lead Auditor  Course  being conducted June 9-10 in Houston, Texas. SafeMARINER℠ , LLC and the ACTiongroup are conducting this course for the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau. This course is open to both TVIB members and non-members, to sign up, contact Cindy at the TVIB  e mail: cindyh@thetvib.org or call: 636-778-9772.  Space is limited in this popular two-day class.


The American Waterways Operators (AWO) has reported that the USCG has signed the final rule for Subchapter M and that it is expected to be published next week. The Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) section is expected to complement other standards including TMSA and the Responsible Carrier Program. SafeMARINER℠  provides consulting and auditing services for safety management systems.




Voyage planning is important to minimize the risk of navigation mishaps. SafeMARINER℠  has develop a proprietary Risk Based Voyage plan that addresses no-sail conditions. The risk process used for a voyage should have less subjectivity and be consistent throughout the fleet.SafeVOYAGE℠  is a best-in-class prices that helps protect the vessel and company, it's simple and effective and customized for your use. Just adding another "procedure" is NOT necessarily the best answer! Let SafeMARINER℠  show you how to minimize your TSMS.




Safety statistics are important. Oil majors often use safety statistics as and input into how they may score a companies performance. It's important that your safety statistics are accurate, aligned with OSHA recording keeping requirements and competitive. Did you know that the AWO voluntary statistics program omits two key injury classifications?  This can hurt your competitive advantage. SafeMARINER℠  provides training and consulting on the proper method to record you injury statistics. Training can help you in case management and accurate classification. Learn how to use statistics in TMSA stage 3 and 4 to help check the effectiveness of your programs-one year of low injuries is not what professionals advise. 




A Marine Internal Lead Auditor Course meeting TMSA2, ISO 9000 and RCP requirements is being conducted June 9-10 in Houston, Texas. SafeMARINER℠ , LLC and the ACTiongroup are conducting this course for the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau. This course is open to both TVIB members and non-members, to sign up, contact Cindy at the TVIB  e mail: cindyh@thetvib.org or call: 636-778-9772.  Space is limited in this popular two-day class.




Want  better safety performance? Start with a comprehensive benchmark of your management system and practices. SafeMARINER℠  is an ISO 9000 Company with the best credentials in Safety, TMSA, Assessment and Management System Analysis in the industry. 


Vendor Management-the new RCP and the NPRM for Subchapter M, require vendor management processes. SafeMARINER℠  helps conduct TMSA reviews of your vendors and assists in the development of vendor management processes. Protect your companies interest.


One of the National Transportation Safety Board 's 2016 items from its "Most Wanted" list is: "Disconnecting from Deadly Distractions". Distractions from personal electronic devices (PEDs) is a leading cause of transportation incidents resulting in death. SafeMARINER℠  provides interactive Distracted Operations training at office locations and Captain meetings, using information from the National Safety Council, NTSB and other sources. Get ahead of this growing safety problem.


SafeMARINER's℠  Rick Dunn is a graduate of the NTSB Marine Investigation Course. SafeMARINER℠  can help your company with incident investigations, reports, and dealing with major oil vetting organizations. We can work with your lawyers to assist, while helping to protect your companies interest.


Voyage Plans & Risk:  Some oil majors are suggesting that voyage plans should include a Risk Assessment tool. Did you know that there are 31 different types of risk tools recommended in the US ANSI standard for Risk. Once tool does not fit all. With the litigation posture in the United States, companies are well advised to use the correct tool and not "paint themselves into a corner". Some risk tools may look pretty, however, they do not serve the mariner or the tower's interest well. SafeMARINER℠  provides ANSI benchmarked risk tools and training. Its time to get serious about risk. Effective Risk Management is a critical safety competency for organizational strategic success. 


New Course: SafeMARINER℠  is now scheduling Risk Management for Decision Makers-an executive level risk management one day course for marine managers and decision makers. 



The ability to recognize hazards is a key competency in safety management. Your mariners, need to have specific safety competencies to help you get to zero. SafeMARINER℠  now provides Hazard Recognition & Control training for your office personnel and mariners. The mariner training can be combined with last minute risk assessment and JSA training and done during your Captains meetings. This supports the Risk requirements for the new RCP, proposed subchapter M and TMSA 2.3.1 and 9.2.1. For more information contact Rick.


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its recent Marine Accident Brief of the engineers fire onboard the Dennis Hendrix that occurred October 31, 2014. NTSB does not determine root cause, NTSB by statue determines "probable cause", although when SafeMARINER℠  attended the NTSB Marine Incident Investigator training the government agency said that they do not have a definition of "probable cause". This accident should be reviewed for TMSM lessons including preventive maintenance systems. SafeMARINER℠  assists companies in developing TMSA2 compliant planned maintenance system and related training. Learning from industry incidents is a form of advanced benchmarking often used in TMSA stage 3 & 4 companies.


Bench Grinders can kill. OSHA reports over 1,014 serious safety violations were cited for bench grinders in FY 2014. If an abrasive wheel of a bench grinder fails while it's rotating, the pieces can and have caused serious injury or fatalities. See the recent article in Professional Safety magazine: "Grinders 10 Proven Safety Practices". Did you know for example safety professionals recommend and OSHA requires using a full face shield in addition to goggles, and other PPE, because of the hazards associated with grinders. Your Safety Management System should include a PPE Matrix mapping out the required PPE with typical onboard jobs including using bench and portable grinders. Professional Safety is a publication of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). SafeMARINER's℠  President, Rick Dunn is a professional member of ASSE.


SafeMARINER℠  recently held a work shop at ExxonMobil Woodland, TX with SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. Vetting and Marine Services Group on Select Practices in Incident Investigation, Root Cause Analysis and Human Error. The workshop focused on industry trends, and how Oil Majors can better assist their towing vendors towards the common goal of a safe water way system. SafeMARINER℠  provides Marine Human Error and Root Cause training throughout the United States and Canada. SafeMARINER℠  also provides support to towing vendors for dealing with oil majors regarding specific incidents such as collisions, groundings, spills and more.


SafeMARINER℠  recently taught a Internal Marine Lead Auditor Course in partnership with the ACTion Group in New Orleans, LA. This best-in-class auditing course helps organizations promote continual improvement by not only checking that people are following their SMS, but that the processes in the SMS are effective. Companies interested in this course being taught at their site for 2016 should contact Rick. The course meets ANSI Z 490.1-2009 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training. Rick is a certificated Safety and Health Trainer and Certified Safety and Health Manger (accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). This top level credential is focused on: general business,  safety and environmental management systems, risk management and control as well as training.


Risk Management tools are not all created equal, in other words, one risk tool is NOT appropriate for all risk types. Since the New RCP and Subchapter M will require risk identification, organizations wishing to reduce risk and increase their competitive advantage will carefully select and train for several risk tools. SafeMARINER℠  provides training and processes for:


  • Qualitative Risk Matrix (SafeRISK℠ )
  • Job Safety Analysis (SafeJSA℠ )
  • SafeCHECK℠  (last minute risk assessments)
  • SafeOPS℠  a HAZOP process for marine towers (suitable for marine operations)
  • SafeFEMA℠  a marine Failure Effects Mode Analysis risk process (suitable for operations & services)


Want to use risk techniques to really make an impact for your company. SafeMARINER℠  can help. Our risk tools are aligned with the ANSI standard for Risk Management. We help companies get a competitive advantage.



Maintaining water tight integrity is critical on any vessel. Running with water tight doors open can be a hazardous situation. See this report from the NTSB that conclude open water tight doors were a causal factor in a rapid sinking of a river towboat. SafeMARINER℠  recommends that companies include a water tight integrity procedure in there safety management systems. Compliance with this procedure should be checked during internal onboard audits.


Air Draft is Critical, and is highlighted in a recent National Transportation Safety Board ReportSafeMARINER℠ , LLC provides reviews of Voyage Plans and Passage Planning procedures to help operators minimize navigational risk. Your voyage plans, among other things should include an assessment of UKC (under keel clearance), Air Draft, and other factors.

Planned Maintenance Training. Consistent with advanced safety training required by TMSA stage 3, SafeMARINER℠  provides Planned Maintenance Process training for operations and maintenance personnel. This training includes a review of the New RCP (for Sub M), TMSA Element 4, 4A and 4B requirements as well as recommendations from the International Association of Classification Societies on planned maintenance systems. Is your PM process leaving one on the table? Contact Rick for more information.

National Transportation Safety Board finds and ineffective  Job Safety Assessment (JSA) program to be a contributing factor in a marine fatality. In a report regarding a 2014 allison of a crane barge being pushed by the towing Vessel Cory Michael, with the Florida Avenue Bride (New Orleans, LA) the NTSB cited the failure of JSA process as a contributing factor to the incident. Read the full NTSB Report here

SafeMARINER's℠  SafeJSA℠  and SafeCHECK℠  process help operators implement an effective JSA process that can, along with other tools, meet the new risk requirements of the NPRM for Subchapter M and the New RCP (2014). Not all risk can be properly managed by one risk tool, higher performing companies understand that more than one risk tool is necessary to effectively help mariners identify and mitigate onboard hazards. SafeMARINER℠  helps companies put in place, comprehensive Risk Management Systems to help prevent serious injuries, fatalities and spills. Contact SafeMARINER℠  for more information on risk tools that minimize paperwork while improving risk management. Note: Rick Dunn, SafeMARINER℠ , LLC President, is the author of the new Risk Section in the RCP that has been offered to the USCG to meet the NPRM TSMS standard.


OSHA's Serious Injury Reporting Rule comes into effect 1 January 2016. This rule, among other things, appears to be an effort by OHSA to target industries and companies with multiple serious injuries and fatalities. In a public statement to industry, the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Davide M. Michaels, says "...when an employer notifies us of a severe injury among its workers...we will ask what caused the injury and what the employer intends to do address the hazard and prevent future injuries." Here we see OSHA essentially saying they will request a root cause analysis of these incidents. Furthermore, OSHA says it will publish the reports of severe injuries on the OSHA website. It should be noted that OSHA typically names the companies involved.

SafeMARINER℠ , provides best-in-class Root Cause Analysis training. This training can be done jointly with an experienced Admiralty defense attorney, who helps companies deal with claims and provides advice on how to write root cause analysis reports which can end up in litigation. The SafeMARINER℠  CauseMATRIX℠  process and training covers human error. We know that human error is often a causal factor in 90% (or more) of incidents. Higher performing organizations recognize  human error and have plans to mitigate and mange it.  These plans start with Human Error training.


Need a plan for a solid document control process for your management system? You should expect that under Subchapter M, external audits (AWO, RCP, or others) will check that document control procedures meet expectations similar to what is used for the ISM Code or ISO 9001. A good document control process addresses manuals, reference materials, records and has a link to management of change. Our SafeDOC℠   process is an effective solution to insure your process meets Sub M and TMSA requirements.


Risk Management:

The new RCP (dated 2014) that the American Waterways Operators has proposed to the USCG includes many changes that go into effect on January 1, 2016. One significant change is a section covering Risk Management and Management of Change. Rick Dunn, from SafeMARINER℠  is the author of that new section which was written for the AWO Gap Assessment work group. Risk management is an area that is often miss-understood and incorrectly applied. SafeMARINER℠  provides risk management processes and training to meet and exceed RCP, Subchapter M (NPRM), TMSA2, ANSI Z-10, ISO 9001 and other management system standards.

Vendor Safety:

SafeMARINER℠  provides procedures and training for the efficient management of marine and other vendors. Vendor Safety (a.k.a. Vendor Management) has been included in the new RCP offered to the USCG to meet Towing Vessel Safety Management System requirements. High Performing Organizations understand the importance of managing vendor HSE expectations and performance.

After a long rest Quick News from SafeMARINER℠  is back. The intent of Quick News is to provide short new items that are useful to SafeMARINER℠  customers, and keep companies informed of the services that SafeMARINER℠  provides.

On July 13, 2015 SafeMARINER℠  successfully completed an ISO 9001 surveillance audit. This external audit process helps ensure SafeMARINER℠  customers received the quality of service they expect. SafeMARINER ℠  can help your company get ISO 9001 registered. If your interested, the goal should really be all about becoming a customer focused organizations. SafeMARINER℠  has significant experience in quality management systems development and auditing.



SafeMARINER℠ , LLC earns ISO 9001 certification. The company recently under went a full scale external ISO 9001 audit and is now a registered ISO 9001:2008 company. This quality standard helps ensure our customers receive the service they expect. It also provides assurance that SafeMARINER℠ , LLC not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. The scope of the ISO 9001 certificate is for:

 "The provision of Marine, Business, Safety, Environmental, Consulting Auditing and Training, as well as other related services." 

SafeMARINER's℠  registrar is World Certifications Services, an ANAB & UKAS accredited company. They audit and verify SafeMARINER's℠  procedures, processes and quality system. "Since SafeMARINER℠  provides important services such as TMSA audits and TSMS consulting, our customers now have assurance that we too are audited. We don't just teach PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT, we live it."- Rick Dunn-SafeMARINER℠ , LLC President

Want to get ahead of your customers, SafeMARINER℠  helps companies implement ISO 9001.


National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has posted a Marine Accident Brief regarding the towing vessel Safety Runner and the Kirby Barges 28182 & 28194 fire and explosion incident in April. SafeMARINER℠  helps high companies put marine competency  programs in place. High performing organizations know that Zero is possible!

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) 2013 Safe Seas publication provides key insights to several marine incidents.


Did you know that internal audits should be much tougher than external audits such as RCP, ISM, ISO ?  Why, because internal audits should not only be checking that your people do what's in their manuals, but that what's in their manuals is effective. 

SafeMARINER℠ , LLC is the contracted provider of Marine Internal Lead Auditor training to the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB). SafeMARINER℠  also conducts auditor training at your location. What to get to Zero? Make sure your internal audits are not just a "check the box" exercise. We will show you how to make your internal audits ready for TSMS.


USCG issues a Safety Alert regarding sampling liquid cargo (Crude Oil with H2S) and safe practices. High performing organizations subscribe to automatically receive USCG alerts. Consider using the information in these Alerts to change details in your tanker man training program and or procedures. High Performing  Organizations use Competency Assessment Programs and understand the value of "competency" vs "training". Zero is possible and SafeMARINER℠  can assist.

Not sure how important a Best In Class safety management system is?  Watch this short video it will get your attention.

Did you know that the number 1 cause of work place deaths is automobile crashes?  Your company may have exposure without effective policy and procedures in place to reduce incidents and protect both employees and the Company. SafeMARINER℠  can help you develop an efficient policy, procedure and training. Lets save lives in 2014.

Rick Dunn-SafeMARINER℠ , LLC will be a key speaker at the AWO Safety Meeting January 16th in New Orleans. Please support AWO.  Rick will be providing a presentation and discussion on Best in Class Practices for Near Miss programs including a discussion about Human Error in incident investigations. Learn how to make your program more effective and focus on the near miss and incidents that provide High Learning Value. Addressing Human Error is key to a Zero incident culture.

National Safety Council to have its annual Texas Conference in Galveston March 31 through April 1st, great opportunity to learn more about safety and take some professional seminars. 

USCG and EPA issue joint letter to industry concerning ballast water management

Safety at home is important to good business. The U.S. Fire Administration offers information on winter fire safety.  Heres are real short video about home fires. Did you know that most home fires occur in the winter time?  Use this video at your next safety meeting.


Costa Concordia Captain blames helmsman. Really, are you serious,Captain? Actually it's you and your company who are responsible. 

Free online ICS courses from FEMA


Resources worth having:

Marine Chemists information from NFPA.

More free online safety courses from Oregon state OSHA.

Fire, flames and smoke from National Safety Council, including the Home Fire Safety Checklist.


Australian Transportation Safety Board incident video -fatality cutting a steel drum. This could have been prevented. Use this video at your next safety meeting and discuss what controls you have in your Company to prevent it. Then ask, how do I know these controls are working and ready to prevent incidents? Ask your ships to have this discussion and report back. Zero is possible.

Free safety courses, that are very well done: click hereSafeMARINER℠  conducts Marine Risk Assessment, Competency Assessor, Incident Investigation & Root Cause, TMSA, OVMSA  training at your site. Courses meet ANSI Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental training. Zero is possible.

Charter towing companies-now is the time to get ready for TMSA with the SafeMARINER℠  Gap Analysis and Road map for success.

Home Safety topics for your next safety meeting:  Carbon Monoxide safety tips and safe toys for the Christmas season.

Shell to resume drilling in Alaska this summer. Drillers, are you expected to meet OVMSA, SafeMARINER℠  has a proprietary gap assessment and success Road Map for OVMSA. We can save you a lot of time and rework, while making your MoC, Risk, Management Review process help you reduce incidents.


SafeMARINER℠  supports the Always Wear Your Life Jacket campaign, developed for pleasure boaters....but equally important for commercial marine.

Holiday safety tips from the National Safety Council. Send this around to your employees or use it during a safety meeting.


Zero is possible. You can make a difference. Its hard work, but it must be done. SafeMARINER℠  is a Proud Member of the National Safety Council and can help you get to Zero.

SafeMARINER℠ , LLC and the Seamen's Church Institute held a "First of a Kind" seminar with NTSB, FAA, USCG and Industry to discuss Goal Zero. Topics included human error, competency, behavior based safety, use of checklists, TMSA and more.

Root Cause Tools: According to the National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers and American Society for Quality there are scores of Root Cause tools available. What if someone combined two effective, simple methods of determining Root Cause?  What if this tool was one page and specifically adapted for busy marine organizations that are constantly dealing with Major Oil Company Vetting departments? What if this tool was designed to support "Sticky Lessons" and get your Company to TMSA Stage 4?  Introducing CauseMATRIX℠  an easy to use, effective root cause analysis tool from SafeMARINER℠ , LLC.

Do you have an emergency plan for your building? See the components of an emergency plan here. What about business continuity plan? Here's a user friendly free template.

ExxonMobil's Jeff Woodbury takes helm as Chairman of the Board of the National Safety Council. Captain Mark Kelly, a King's Point Graduate, discusses communication and safety leadership.

The National Safety Council estimates 436 deaths in car accidents for this Thanksgiving. All preventable. Do you have a comprehensive procedure on safe driving for your employees? What is the legal exposure to a company if one of itsTankermen gets into an automobile accident driving home after loading a barge? What is the company doesn't have a procedure covering distracted driving (cell phones) and that contributed to a fatality?


SafeMARINER℠  can help you get to Zero. Are you ready to use proven tools and methods?


SafeMARINER℠  teams up with the Center for Maritime Education and Seamen's Church to host an industry first seminar covering Safety Management Systems, TMSA, Human Error, Behavior Based Safety. Participants include the USCG, NTSB, FAA and industry leaders.


Distracted driving kills. Did you know that your company may be exposed to unnecessary liability if you don't have an adequate policy for use of cell phones while driving?  NTSB recommends a full ban on the use of Portable Electronic Devices while driving.  Using first class materials from the National Safety CouncilSafeMARINER℠  can help.


Is OSHA moving towards Safety Management Systems? See OSHA's White Paper on the benefits of Injury Illness Prevention Programs (a.k.a. I2P2). Although OSHA is calling them programs, they are really talking about management systems, including ANSI Z10. SafeMARINER℠  is the only marine consultant actually practiced in both auditing and developing ANSI Z10 Safety Management Systems. For marine companies that want to Reduce Risk and get to Zero, ANSI Z10 is an excellent foundation for a marine safety management system. Z10 is scalable and aligns with TSMS NPRM & TMSA.

Home Safety

Did you test your smoke detectors when you changed from daylight savings time?  See home fire safety tips from the National Safety Council hereSafeMARINER℠  is a proud member of the National Safety Council. Become a member and take advantage of all NSC has to offer see Members Get More. Zero is attainable!


Companies can accelerate their safety excellence journey by addressing: Management Leadership, Employee Engagement, Safety Management Systems and Risk Reduction as mentioned in this National Safety Council videoSafeMARINER℠  helps companies apply these concepts to marine operations.


Near Misses: leading or lagging indicators, quick read article here.

ANSI Z10 is "The state of the art in management system standards- it's scaleable to any organization"-Rick Dunn speaking at the 2012 API Tanker Conference more here. Widely considered a benchmark for safety management ANSI Z10 has benefits to help prevent serious incidents. High performing organizations use Z10 to strengthen their SMS and better align with TMSA2. This is a formula for long term sucess.

American Society of Safety Engineers releases newest version of the Z359 Fall Protection Code


Use of barges to carry crude oil on rivers is growing fast, is your SMS ready? Do you measure risk? Are your employees "trained" or do you have a competency assessment program that promotes continual improvement?  SafeMARINER℠ , LLC can help.


Is your SMS really designed to prevent incidents? : Sunken TugSafeMARINER℠  helps companies prevent incidents, and be prepared if they occur.  Click here to see our services.


Nine convicted of negligence in fatal cruise ship sinking. Was the Company doing its due diligence to prevent its Captains from intensionally committing unsafe acts?  An SMS should have controls to check that bridge procedures are being complied with, and that they meet world class standards.


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