C-PORT has developed the Accredited for Commercial Assistance and Professional Towing program to recognize the professional who is willing to adhere to standards of service, training, and equipment.
With the growth of the marine assistance towing and salvage industry has come a strong need for assurances of towing industry professionalism and expertise. The boating public, US Coast Guard, and state and local public agencies are often unsure of the qualifications of vessels offering assistance, sometimes leading to a reluctance to accept private assistance, and to a negative image of the industry being portrayed in the press.
The ACAPT distinction recognizes the professional who is willing to adhere to high standards of service, training, and equipment. To be certified, a company must meet all the standards on the application and have their vessel equipment list verified by a professional marine surveyor. C-PORT membership is not required for participation.
ACAPT certified firms are publicized in the boating and industry press, and recognized by major boating organizations.