8/9/2017: Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise Field Notice 01-17: Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Short-term Temporary SOx Exceedances

Field Notice 01-17 provides Coast Guard expectations for dealing with alarms from EGCSs, where such alarms are triggered by short-term temporary emission exceedances due to predictable operations of vessels, such as engine load changes. Field Notice 01-17 is intended for vessels operating in the U.S. portion of the North American Emission Control Area (ECA) and the U.S. Caribbean Sea ECA.


7/14/2017: Coast Guard seeks assistance from five federal advisory committees on regulatory evaluations

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is issuing new tasking to five federal advisory committees to help the agency identify existing regulations, guidance, and collections of information (that fall within the scope of each committee’s charter) for possible repeal, replacement, or modification.


7/13/2017: New issue of OCS NCOE’s “Drill Down” available

In this issue of the Drill Down, experts talk about characteristics and operating parameters of both floating and fixed OCS production facilities, spars, tension leg platforms, semi-submersibles, and floating, production, storage, and offloading units (FPSOs).


6/30/2017: Well intervention, hurricane preps, & fixed platform safety: Recap of remarks during Offshore Operators Committee general meeting

This post provides a summary of remarks by Capt. Joshua Reynolds, OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections, during the Offshore Operators Committee’s general meeting earlier this month. Reynolds talked about the industry-led Well Intervention Risk Analysis, compliance with Coast Guard means of escape regulations, and encouraged offshore operators to review their evacuation plans and run a table top exercise so they are better prepared for hurricane season.


6/28/2017: Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection Capt. Josh Reynolds answers questions on building a safety culture vs. a compliance culture in the offshore community

As a follow on to our post covering last month’s Offshore Technology Conference, Maritime Commons is providing a summary of responses to questions asked by attendees during the conference as well questions submitted to conference organizers in advance. All responses were provided by Capt. Joshua Reynolds with the 8th Coast Guard District OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection.


6/28/2017: Recap of Offshore Technology Conference remarks by Capt. Joshua Reynolds, OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection,

In May, Capt. Joshua Reynolds with the 8th District Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge of Marine Inspections, participated in panels facilitated by the Offshore Operator’s Committee and Center for Offshore Safety at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Reynolds remarks focused on safety management systems and the importance of creating a safety culture in your organization.