3/6/2019: Acceptance of 2009 Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Code, as amended

The Office of Design and Engineering Standards issued Change 1 to CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-12, to accept the amendments from the 2009 MODU Code, which include updated design and equipment requirements that stem from the findings of the Deepwater Horizon casualty investigation.


2/27/2019: National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee will meet in New Orleans, Louisiana in March to discuss committee matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public.


2/14/2019: Two new marine safety information bulletins for OCS vessels now available

The MSIBs cover marine casualty reporting requirements for certain OCS vessels and reiterates requirements for installed data plates on lifesaving appliances.


1/24/2019: Commercial vessel safety during lapse in appropriations

With passage of a continuing resolution, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-19 is cancelled effective Feb. 1, 2019.


12/14/2018: Coast Guard and industry reps host 4th Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum

Senior Coast Guard leaders and liquefied-gas-industry experts from around the country recently came together in Houston to discuss ways the maritime community can prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases, and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the continued growth of this multi-billion dollar industry in the maritime domain.


12/12/2018: New issue of ‘Drill Down’ now available

This issue of Drill Down explores Public Law 96-378, the first regulation to define “Offshore Supply Vessel” and “OSV Service.”


9/24/2018: Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee annual security exercise

Seventy participants from across the Gulf of Mexico attended Gulf Guardian, including representatives of the offshore maritime industry, oil and gas exploration and production facilities, and related service industries, as well as port authorities from Houston, south Louisiana, and Mobile. More than forty companies with operations in the Gulf of Mexico were represented at the exercise including


9/20/2018: Recap of recent National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting

Representatives from the Coast Guard, offshore oil and gas industries, recognized organizations and numerous industry associations attended the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee semi-annual public meeting in Houston, Texas Sept 11, 2018. This post provides a brief recap of the presentations and discussions on the progress of a variety of issues, including reports and recommendations stemming from the deliberations.


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.


8/22/2018: National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting scheduled

The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee and its subcommittees will meet in Houston, Texas, September 10-11, to discuss matters relating to the safety of operations and other matters affecting the offshore oil and gas industry. All meetings will be open to the public.


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