Safety & Environmental Sustainability

Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership

Established in 1995, the Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership is the oldest public-private partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard and its stakeholders. Since its establishment, the partnership has launched more than 40 cooperative initiatives to improve safety and environmental protection. Recent accomplishments include a comprehensive analysis and recommendations to reduce towing vessel crew fatalities, the establishment of a first-of-its-kind industry training program for Coast Guard Academy cadets, and the leadership of the Towing Vessel Bridging Program, under which thousands of towing vessel examinations have been conducted to facilitate the transition to towing vessel inspection.

Read the U.S. Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership Agreement (1995)  here.

Coast Guard-AWO Safety Partnership Initiatives Completed or Underway

  • National Quality Steering Committee
    • Towing Vessel Crew Fatalities Quality Action Team (completed)
    • Tank Barge Spills Quality Action Team (completed)
    • Towing Vessel Boarding Program Quality Action Team (completed)
    • Major and Medium Tank Barge Spills Quality Action Team (completed)
    • Bridge Allision Work Group (completed)
    • Towing Safety Working Group (completed)
    • Safe Management of Crew Travel Time Quality Action Team (completed)
    • Crew Endurance Management Working Group (in progress)
    • Towing Vessel Inspection Bridging and Implementation Team #6 (completed)
    • Crew Fatalities Quality Action Team (1995) (completed)
    • Implementation Team (in progress)
    • Strawman Towing Industry Safety System (completed)
    • Crew Endurance Working Group (completed)
    • Reducing Fall-Overboard Crew Fatalities Quality Action Team (completed)
  • Mid-America Regional Quality Steering Committee
    • Mid-America RQSC Charter
      • Pollution Prevention Regulations Study (completed)
      • Inland Towing Vessel Guide to Federal Oil Transfer Procedures (completed)
      • River Crisis Action Plan (completed)
      • Cooperative Towboat Examination Program (completed)
      • Aids to Navigation Quality Action Team - Upper Mississippi, Illinois, and Missouri Rivers (completed)
      • Aids to Navigation Quality Action Team - Ohio, Tennessee, Monongahela, Allegheny, Cumberland, and Tombigbee (completed)
      • Barge Fleeting on the Mississippi River Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Recommended Practices for Bunker Barges (completed)
      • Regional Examination Center Consistency quality Action Team (completed)
      • Barge Inspection Consistency Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Downstreaming Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Industry Orientation Modules Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Gulf Intracoastal Waterway Aids to Navigation Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Streamlined Inspection Process Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Waterways Action Plan (completed)
      • Eighth District Casualty Quality Action Team (in progress)
      • Outreach, Education and Training Quality Action Team(in progress)
      • Tracking CDC Barges Without IRVMC Quality Action Team (in progress)
  • Atlantic Region Quality Steering Committee
    • Atlantic RQSC Charter
      • Hurricane Preparedness Plan Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Visibility Standards for Pilothouse Personnel Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Industry Training and Orientation Program Quality Action Team (completed)
      • Port Coordination Quality Action Team (in progress)
      • Fatality and Casualty Data Analysis Quality Action Team (completed)
  • Pacific Region Quality Steering Committee
    • Towing Industry Incident Reporting System Quality Action Team (completed)
    • Vessel Safety Alerts: Lessons Learned Information Exchange (completed)
    • Crew Alertness Quality Action Team (completed)
  • Other Initiatives
    • Regional Risk Assessment of Petroleum Transportation, Northeast U.S. (completed)