Operating & Environmental Standards

11/9/2016: National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting recap

Written by Cmdr. Jose Perez, Coast Guard Office of Operating and Environmental Standard

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) held its Fall meeting in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 1 and 2, 2016.

The subcommittee on Well Intervention Activities presented a final report which was accepted by the full Committee for submittal to the Coast Guard. This subcommittee conducted a comprehensive analysis and provided vital recommendations addressing operational risks for vessels of opportunity that are engaged in well intervention activities within the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

Continuing the great work with NOSAC, Coast Guard will be issuing two new task statements before the spring 2017 meeting on “methods for verification of SMS prior to well intervention” and “near miss and common casualty terminology”. Embracing the opportunity to promote safety within the OCS, NOSAC welcomed several distinguished speakers that shared their unique perspective and expertise regarding the new Offshore Vessel Inspection Database (OVID) and strengthening the safety culture of the offshore oil and gas industry.

Additional information of the current and historical work of this Committee is available at the NOSAC section of Homeport.

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