Tug & Barge Solutions Auditors and Surveyors

     Tug & Barge Solutions functions as the safety and compliance departments for our customers.  Our customers are companies that are usually too small to have either safety or compliance departments.  For the larger companies that do have safety and compliance departments we become their marine safety and compliance staffs.       

     The base Tug & Barge Solutions TSMS was created by Steve Wilson and Pat Folan over the last seven years. It's really a lifetime's work. We figure we have well over 1,200 hours into the final TSMS. It was originally designed to meet the RCP.  In 2012, Pat Folan revised it to meet ISM and Sub M.  It was revised in 2013, 2014, 2015.  After the release of the final rule, it underwent one last large revision to align with Sub M.  At this time, it was also reformatted so that every section had identical elements (Policy, Purpose, Responsibilities, Definitions, Procedures, Records). Once a customer engages Tug & Barge Solutions, the TSMS is changed to meet their particular operation.  These changes are driven by the company and at also from what we observe.    

     Because of these revisions, auditing of the TSMS is performed by Erin Pugh. This keeps Pat Folan from auditing his work. The TSMS Management audit form encompasses Sub M and AWO RCP.  Erin, Sandy and Marci perform the auditing of the monthly vessel paperwork.  They have never had a part in TSMS development or implementation.  And they are independent of the procedures being audited as they are Tug & Barge Solutions employees.

Erin Pugh is an ISM Internal Auditor (Trained and certified by RINA) and ISO 19011:2011 (E) Internal Auditor.  She worked for Ivy Marine for 4 years and has been with Tug & Barge Solutions from the very beginning.  She is a graduate of University of North Alabama with a BA in Business. She is also our HelmCONNECT product specialist.
Marci Allen is an ISO 14001:2004, 9001:2008 and 18001:2007 Internal Auditor. She has a BA from the University of Mobile in Leadership Development and Cultural Studies and a Masters from Columbia Southern University in Occupational Safety & Health with a concentration in Environmental Management, Occupational Health and Safety.
Sandy Folan has joined our team as our Marketing and Customer Relations specialist.  She has a B.A. in Journalism from Fredonia State University and is an Accredited Public Relations specialist. She brings a wealth of management experience to TBS.  She was the CEO of Habitat for Humanity in Baldwin County and the COO of the Girl Scouts. Sandy is quickly becoming a HelmCONNECT product specialist.
Marcus Carlucci retired from the USCG as a BM1. He served as the Vessel Program Manager for the USCG and BP during the Deepwater Horizon spill.  He worked at Crescent Towing from 2012 and is sitting for his 500 Ton Master / 1600 Mate towing license.  He will complete the ISO 9001:2015 course in Spring 2018.  He has a Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.
Michael McDonough is also USCG/STCW Endorsed Master of Towing Vessels.  He is a 2008 graduate of Mass Maritime with a B.S. in Marine Transportation. Mike was a mate for Crowley on a 130", 7,000 HP offshore tug. He was a tug captain for Offshore Marine and still runs the tugs occassionally for Mitchell Towing & Salvage and Toscana Corp.

Pat Folan is a USCG Master of Towing Vessels, Near Coastal, Inland and Western Rivers (7th issue). He was a USCG - Towing Safety Advisory Committee Former Member (Sub Committee Co-Chair for Steel Hull Repair and Operational Stability tasks.  He is an ISO 9001:2008 Certified Lead Auditor, ISO 19011:2011 (E) Internal Auditor ISM Internal Auditor (RINA), SAMS Accredited Marine Surveyor – Tugs and Barges, USCG Uninspected Towing Vessel Examiner Course.  He was trained by AWO as an RCP Auditor (20120.  He is also a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Six SIGMA Green Belt (Villanova) and has completed the Train-the-Trainer course at Chesapeake Marine Training. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University with a BA in Mass Communication. He owned a towing company based out of Boston.

Patrick Boles graduated in 2010 from the University of Alabama with dual degrees in Finance and History. A serial entrepreneur who started his first company at age 12 and a specialist in new venture development, Patrick has a demonstrated history of successfully working in lean and entrepreneurial environments. He received his training in entrepreneurship and start-up finance from a combination of institutes and programs including the Small Business Association (SBA), University of Alabama (UA), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Currently Patrick works as the VP of Finance for Tug & Barge Solutions. Growing up on the Gulf Coast he is naturally fond of all things maritime and being a UA grad and former athlete himself he is of course a big fan of the Crimson Tide! Roll Tide!
Steve Wilson has taken the ISO 9000 Auditor course from ABS and the ISM Internal Auditor Course from RINA. He is also a Master of Towing Vessels Inland and Western Rivers and owns Ivy Marine based in Mobile, a three-towboat, two tank barge company.


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