Commercial Vessel Compliance

5/3/2018: BSEE, Coast Guard release 2017 Joint Activity Summary

From the Office of Operating & Environmental Standards (OES) and the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CVC)

Graphic of cover of Joint Activity Summary documentThe level of coordination between the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard is substantial, resulting is numerous efficiencies. The two agencies have established protocols regarding joint inspections, shared resources, cross-training, better coordination of oil spill exercises and response equipment inspections, and communication of observations that fall under the other agency’s jurisdiction. Industry, particularly operators with a strong safety culture, benefit from these coordinated activities because the result is clearer lines of communication, clarity of areas of responsibility, and improved efficiencies, such as experiencing a single offshore inspection that checks for both BSEE and Coast Guard compliance.

As a testament of our joint efforts with the offshore oil and gas sectors, we are pleased to highlight some of our accomplishments from this past year in the 2017 Joint Activity Summary. We believe that data sharing helps establish clarity with stakeholders and also provides industry with confidence that the federal government is continuously improving its approach to consistent regulatory inspection and enforcement. This is an important element in a broader strategy of both BSEE and the Coast Guard to advocate a constantly improving safety culture on the Outer Continental Shelf.

Topics covered in the Joint Activity Summary include:

• Highlights of joint activities, such as information and data sharing, exercises and response operations, inspections and investigations, and outreach and training.
• Compliance collaborations on facility and marine inspections related to the offshore oil and gas industry.
• Professional spotlights illuminating the dedication of BSEE and Coast Guard personnel to the safety of offshore oil and gas industry workers and their commitment to helping minimize the environmental impacts of OCS operations.

The 2017 Joint Activity Summary can be found online.

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.

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