Rand Logistics’ vessel receives Certificate of Inspection for Subchapter M
Rand Logistics, Inc. announced the company’s towing vessel Defiance was issued a Certification of Inspection (COI) by the U.S. Coast Guard under the Subchapter M requirements, which set new rules for the inspection, standards and safety policies of towing vessels. Defiance is the first towing vessel operating on the Great Lakes to receive Subchapter M certification, doing so more than two months ahead of the deadline for compliance.
The COI issued to the company’s 145-foot tug Defiance was signed May 18 by Lt. Commander A. R. Migliorini of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Toledo.
“Certification of the Defiance to the Subchapter M regulation and being the first vessel on the Great Lakes to achieve this accomplishment is a direct reflection of our commitment to our core values of safety, health and protection of the environment,” said Captain Paul Joaquin, Vice President of Operations for Rand.
“The teamwork, effort and speed of execution put forth by our shipboard and shoreside employees were admirable and underscores the pride and stewardship we have operating in the Great Lakes region,” Joaquin said. “Each and every employee should be proud of this accomplishment, which showcases our dedication to our operational and safety excellence initiatives and creating a positive customer experience. Congratulations to all the crewmembers on the Defiance for this industry-leading accomplishment.”
With the first COI under Subchapter M on the Great Lakes, Defiance is one of more than 5,500 vessels that will need to be certified to the new regulation across the U.S. All U.S.-flagged towing vessels are required to comply with the provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M by July 20. Rand will continue with the company’s Subchapter M regulatory compliance efforts and finalizing the COIs for the remaining towing vessels in the fleet.
The 7,200-horsepower tug Defiance was constructed by the Marinette Marine Corporation of Marinette, Wisconsin in 1982, and operates with the 610-foot barge Ashtabula as one of Rand’s three articulated tug and barge units. They were specifically designed to operate together as a 700-foot, self-unloading bulk freight carrier. Cargo carried on the barge includes grain, stone, iron ore and other bulk commodities. The Defiance and Ashtabula carry a crew of 14 and have been part of the Rand U.S.-flagged fleet since 2012.
Defiance is owned and operated by Grand River Navigation Company, Rand Logistics’ U.S. operating subsidiary.