Operating & Environmental Standards

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.

In its report, NOSAC recommends “that a suitable formal Safety Management System (SMS) with a robust Risk Assessment and MOC (Management of Change) process be required for all WI activities”. The NOSAC report highlights the value of a fully implemented SMS which addresses the risks to the vessel, crew and marine environment associated with the activity and includes appropriate crew training in SMS procedures prior to conducting OCS activities.

The Coast Guard continues to work with NOSAC on this and other matters affecting OCS industries. NOSAC’s next meeting is scheduled for May 17, 2017, in New Orleans.

For full details, please view the entire MSIB.

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