The Eighth District Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection (OCMI) of the Outer Continental Shelf issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 20-01, “Novel Coronavirus,” to alert offshore operators of protocols and requirements regarding novel coronavirus.
The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise announced the publication of informational guides on GMDSS and Dynamic Positioning systems for use by maritime industry professionals and the marine safety community.
The Coast Guard has been continuing to strengthen its joint regulatory oversight and compliance schemes with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement to ensure a consistent approach to the OCS oil and gas industry. In this post, Eighth District OCS OCMI Capt. Russell Holmes provides an update on the latest projects, including the cancellation of a policy letter on floating facility life extension requests.
The Eighth District Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection of the Outer Continental Shelf is alerting offshore operators about a tragic accident with loss of life that occurred on a floating offshore facility. Because the potential factors involved in this incident may be common to many facilities on the Outer Continental Shelf, the Coast Guard is sharing immediate actions facilities can take to avoid a similar tragedy.
Industry days are held at least annually by the OCS Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections to provide a forum where agency regulators and industry stakeholders can exchange information in the common pursuit of safe, secure, and environmentally sound OCS operations.
The District Eight Outer Continental Shelf Officer in Charge, Marine Inspection published its reporting requirements for the upcoming hurricane season. Reports of personnel remaining offshore will allow the Eighth District to prepare for potential post-storm search and rescue operations.
Industry day is an informal exchange of information and ideas between Federal agencies and offshore oil and gas industry stakeholders intended to advance safe, secure, and environmentally sound OCS operations. Presentations at this event will address both regional and national issues that impact offshore worker safety and environmental protection.
The Gulf of Mexico Area Maritime Security Committee held its annual general meeting March 21 at the City Council Chambers in Kenner, Louisiana, to update stakeholders on the state of security planning and operations, including any emerging threats to their assets, as well as best practices that have been discovered to mitigate those threats. More than seventy people who work in the realm of maritime security in the Gulf of Mexico attended the meeting, which also provided an opportunity for networking amongst security stakeholders in order to build a wider network of resources for enhancing security in the Gulf of Mexico.
The MSIBs cover marine casualty reporting requirements for certain OCS vessels and reiterates requirements for installed data plates on lifesaving appliances.