There is established a National Towing Safety Advisory Committee (in this section referred to as the “Committee”).
The Committee shall advise the Secretary on matters relating to shallow-draft inland navigation, coastal waterway navigation, and towing safety.
Each member of the Committee shall have particular expertise, knowledge, and experience in matters relating to the function of the Committee.
(3)Representation.—Members of the Committee shall be appointed as follows:
7 members shall represent the barge and towing industry, reflecting a regional geographic balance.
1 member shall represent masters and pilots of towing vessels who hold active licenses and have experience on the Western Rivers and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway.
1 member shall represent masters of towing vessels in offshore service who hold active licenses.
1 member shall represent masters of active ship-docking or harbor towing vessels.
1 member shall represent licensed and unlicensed towing vessel engineers with formal training and experience.