We are an ISO 9001 certified lead auditor working with clients rolling their SMS into the new Sub M Towing Safety Management System requirements, including rewrites and vessel internal audits. We are also working with local harbor assist towing companies that have decided to use the US Coast Guard inspection option, including vessel surveys using the TugSafe tailored output for each towing vessel, and developing required Towing Vessel Record documentation.
Both flags require their vessels to undergo an annual inspection conducted by a flag-state Nautical Inspector. The inspection covers the vessel's hull, machinery, equipment, fire fighting and life saving equipment in general, manning and emergency drills. Please use the flag-state links above to schedule an annual inspection.
Maritime Security (MTSA & ISPS) and Safety Management (ISM)
We have performed security assessments and written and obtained approval of security plans on a variety of US vessels and small facilities. We are also an International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) and International Safety Management Code (ISM) auditor for the Republic of Liberia, empowered to issue or endorse the International Ship Security and International Safety Management certificates upon the vessel's completion of a satisfactory audit. Please use the Vessel Security link to the left to get more information about our security consulting services.
Mike Armstrong established Armstrong Marine Consulting by drawing upon his career in the US Coast Guard's Marine Safety Program to create a marine consulting company. The original purpose was to offer services especially helpful to those that were having trouble understanding and applying Coast Guard regulations, policies or procedures for vessel operations, repairs, maintenance, construction or security and safety management. But, we have branched out into other consulting and surveying services. We have, among other things, done the following:
Investigated groundings, major fires and crew member deaths on Liberian flag ships for Republic of Liberia, including drafting facts, conclusions and recommendations, and working with US government investigators.
Pre-Coast Guard inspection surveys and acting on behalf of client during Coast Guard inspections.
EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) surveys & training, oil transfer procedures
SOPEPs and Non-tank Vessel Response Plans for a variety of vessels.
Assisted numerous owners and operators obtain initial US Coast Guard small passenger vessel certificates of inspection (COI) including a 200 ft, 600-passenger vessel. Also deeply involved with simplified stability tests when the Coast Guard changed the passenger and crew weights.
Armstrong Marine Consulting Vessel surveys and inspections US Coast Guard regulations Sub M, ISM & ISPS Audits