7/5/2017: Acceptable U.S. Ballast Water Management Methods vs. BWM Convention Methods

The purpose of this bulletin is to remind masters, owners/operators, agents and persons-in-charge of vessels that the United States is not signatory to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediment (BWM Convention) and that vessels discharging ballast water (BW) into the waters of the U.S. must comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D.

6/30/2017: Well intervention, hurricane preps, & fixed platform safety: Recap of remarks during Offshore Operators Committee general meeting

This post provides a summary of remarks by Capt. Joshua Reynolds, OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections, during the Offshore Operators Committee’s general meeting earlier this month. Reynolds talked about the industry-led Well Intervention Risk Analysis, compliance with Coast Guard means of escape regulations, and encouraged offshore operators to review their evacuation plans and run a table top exercise so they are better prepared for hurricane season.