The owner/operators managing office and vessels shall be audited to their written TSMS verifying that they meet the minimum requirements of Subchapter M. A management audit must be successfully performed to be issued a TSMS Certificate by a TPO. A six month timeframe shall follow to ensure proper implementation of the TSMS onboard the vessels before applying for a Certificate of Inspection (COI).

An audit and survey are to be performed during the six month time-frame and their final reports shall be used as objective evidence along with the issued TSMS Certificate and form CG-3752 to apply for a Certificate of Inspection.