The creation of the Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) came about from a necessity to support the offshore oil and gas industry on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States. This vessel type originated in the Gulf of Mexico but can now be found operating throughout the world.
In this issue of Drill Down, the Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise briefly explores the advent and evolution of the OSV throughout the years. Future Drill Down issues will explore each of these categorical time frames of the OSV and their relation to regulatory requirements in greater detail.
This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.