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Federal Register Proposed Rule: Training of Personnel and Manning on MOU and OSV engaged in U.S. OCS Activities

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The Coast Guard announced a propopsed rule on the Federal Register.  The Coast Guard is considering expanding its maritime safety training requirements to cover all persons other than crew working on offshore supply vessels and mobile offshore units engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, regardless of flag. This is necessary to enhance personnel preparedness for responding to emergencies such as fire, personal injury, and abandon ship situations in hazardous environments.

We seek comments on the following topics:

(1) The sufficiency of existing maritime safety training and the value of additional maritime safety training for maritime crew and persons other than crew on OSVs and MOUs;
(2) An MOU’s safety organizational structure: defining levels of authority and lines of communication;
(3) The professional education and service requirements for industrial officers on MOUs;
(4) The sufficiency of manning regulations on MOUs and OSVs;
(5) Any available economic data on current labor market trends and conditions as well as the current costs, benefits and effectiveness of mandated maritime safety training courses and programs for maritime crew and persons other than crew.

Comments and related material must be submitted on or before July 14, 2014.

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