Commercial Vessel Compliance

New resources available for the OCS maritime community

The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCS NCOE) announced the publication of two informational guides for use by maritime industry professionals and the marine safety community.

The Global Maritime and Distress Safety System (GMDSS) Guide  is a detailed technical breakdown of OCS NCOE’s interpretation of the applicable rules and regulations regarding GMDSS. Although the intended audience is Coast Guard vessel inspectors and Port State Control examiners, the guide may offer insight to industry on GMDSS compliance determinations, applicability, equipment requirements, and more.   

The Introduction to Dynamic Positioning (DP) System guide seeks to inform users by reducing the complexities and intricacies of DP systems into an easily understandable format for use by all marine safety and maritime industry professionals. Highlights of the Introduction to DP System guide include IMO guidelines for vessel operations with DP systems, DP system plan review and approvals, regulatory policy and guidance references, and a robust glossary of terms and definitions. 

Both guides are formatted for easy navigation on a smartphone, tablet, or device of choice and can be found on the OCS NCOE’s Support Vessel Policy and Guidance resource webpage.

Other professional resources available on OCS NCOE’s website include a collection of policy and regulations related to standards for portable accommodation modules and the EPA’s Vessel General Permit, and a compilation of publications relevant to OCS operations.

The OCS NCOE, located in Houma, Louisiana, is the central repository of Coast Guard expertise and best practices on Outer Continental Shelf activities. The OCS NCOE is committed to promoting the competency, skills, and consistency of Coast Guard inspections/examinations of vessels and facilities on the OCS. 

Additionally, the OCS NCOE conducts industry exchanges and explores opportunities to enhance communications and transparency for matters impacting the offshore oil and gas industry.

For more information about the OCS NCOE and to view other publications, please visit the NCOE’s website.

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.