9/19/2018: Withdrawal of Outer Continental Shelf activities proposed rule

The Coast Guard is withdrawing proposed rule entitled “Outer Continental Shelf Activities,” published Dec. 7, 1999, due to the passage of time, advances in technology, and changes in industry practices that have rendered the proposed rule obsolete.

7/25/2018: Registration open for Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee’s annual exercise

The Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee is holding its annual table top security exercise in Galveston, Texas, and is inviting all maritime stakeholders and government agencies operating in the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf to participate. The exercise will focus on unique physical security threat identification, assessment, and communications procedures for stakeholders and agencies in the Gulf of Mexico OCS. Attendee registration closes Aug. 1, 2018.

6/13/2018: Updated Notice of Arrival/Departure workbooks released

Notices of Arrival/Departure Workbook Version 7.5.1 and Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Notice of Arrival Workbook 1.5.1 are now available on NVMC’s. These updated versions provide corrections for the display of ports when the country of Georgia is selected. The official XLS workbooks are provided as a non XML venue for submissions of Notices of Arrival/Departure to the National Vessel Movement Center.

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.

5/4/2017: Coast Guard, BSEE, release inaugural Joint Activity Summary for 2016

The inaugural Coast Guard and BSEE 2016 Joint Activity Summary informs the public of how our two agencies work together to continuously improve our approach to consistent regulatory inspection and enforcement.

12/12/2016: NOSAC recommendations for Safety Management Systems for vessels conducting OCS activities

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 15-16 to owners and operators of vessels engaged in Outer Continental Shelf activities in order to detail a National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) report with recommendations to the Coast Guard for addressing risks associated with Well Intervention activities conducted on the OCS.

9/26/2016: 2016 Center for Offshore Safety Forum – Safety culture on the Outer Continental Shelf

Recap of questions and answers related to safety culture on the Outer Continental Shelf with Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Rear Adm. Paul Thomas and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno at the fourth annual Center for Offshore Safety (COS) Forum in Houston. This is part three of a four-part series covering the panel by Thomas and Salerno.

8/5/2016: Interim Outer Continental Shelf risk-based resource allocation methodology

The Coast Guard announces the availability of an interim risk-based resource allocation methodology for inspections of certain Outer Continental Shelf units in the 8th Coast Guard District area of responsibility.

5/13/2016: Coast Guard perspective on evaluation of continued service proposals for floating offshore facilities

Recently, the Coast Guard provided a presentation on a technical paper about the evaluation of continued service proposals for floating offshore facilities.

5/12/2016: Lessons learned on the Outer Continental Shelf

The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise published two reports on lessons learned from past events related to dynamic positioning.

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