4/18/2019: Recap of Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee annual meeting

The Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee held its annual general meeting March 21 at the City Council Chambers in Kenner, Louisiana, to update stakeholders on the state of security planning and operations, including any emerging threats to their assets, as well as best practices that have been discovered to mitigate those threats. More than seventy people who work in the realm of maritime security in the Gulf of Mexico attended the meeting, which also provided an opportunity for networking amongst security stakeholders in order to build a wider network of resources for enhancing security in the Gulf of Mexico.


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.


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.


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