Subchapter M is here!.

We know Sub M and can confidently help your company to become Sub M-compliant. It took 12 years to get here and we used the time wisely. We are ready for Sub M and you will be too!


Tug & Barge Solutions has developed a Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) that meets all of the requirements of the ISM Code, The AWO RCP, and Sub M requirements.

The feedback that we hear about other systems is the lack of personal attention and one-size fits all approach of the other plans.

We take that to heart. The plan we help develop is yours and we will support you in every way to successfully implement it.


Ivy Marine, a two boat towing company in Mobile, AL has successfully passed their TSMS audit with Marine Compliance (a USCG-approved TPO) and is one of the first in the country to obtain their TSMS Certificate for Sub M. Read More...

2018 is our year of TSMS Certificate audits. To date our system has been audited by Meridian Global, Sabine Surveyors and TVIB and has come through for our customers with flying colors. Each of the auditors have made recommendations and the TSMS has become better for all.

In 2018, we have had 6 TPO External Audits through August and expect to complete another 18 by the end of the year.

We learn as we go and revise your system to the recommendations and best practices of the industry. Wegaurantee that your TSMS will get it's TSMS Certificate and with our recordkeeping system in HelmCONNECT your company will maintain and always be able to prove compliance. And better than that it will help make your company safer.

We also participate in all of our customer's External Vessel Audits. Our internal vessel audit covers close to 1,200 items. By following the "TBS Process" we can ensure that your boats won't be tied to the dock.


We are honored to be chosen to be in Marine News 100 2018.

Annually Marine News provides a review of the best companies serving the workboat, brown water, inland and coastal markets and we made it this year. Thank you Marine News and all of our customers who have made us what we are today.


Subchapter M - One Year In

It has been an interesting year for towing industry.
As the new Subchapter M towboat rule rolled out, it didn't take long to discover that the regulation wasn't perfect. As stakeholders look ahead to what comes next, it is also helpful to take a look back at what went right, what didn't, and more importantly – why.

Read More from the November 2019 Edition...

Read about Leadership and Sub M in our article

in the Marine News November 2017 Edition

Read about Sub M now that it is here

in the Marine News March 2019 Edition


Our staff comes from the towing industry.  Tug and Barge Solutions' principal partners have owned and worked for towing companies on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts, inland waterways and Great Lakes bringing seven decades of towing and business experience to the company. 
Tug & Barge Solutions offers its services to towing vessel operators on the Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts as well as on the inland waterway system and Great Lakes.

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For more information, please call (251) 459-9891 or email us at info@tugandbargesolutions.com.
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