Safety Enhancement on the US Outer Continental Shelf
The US Coast Guard posted aPaper presented at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston on 3 May entitled “Lessons Learned” following Macondo – Safety Enhancement on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.
The paper provides insight regarding offshore supply vessels, dynamic positioning systems, and accommodation vessels, among other things.
The paper concludes as follows: The Coast Guard and BSEE share jurisdiction and responsibility for ensuring safety on the OCS. Based on lessons learnedfrom the Macondo incident and a general review of its OCS construct, the Coast Guard should update its regulations, policyand guidance on design, operation, and manning of MODUs, floating facilities, and vessels operating on the OCS to ensurethe risk to life, property and environment remains at an acceptable level. A “One Gulf, One Standard” approach should bepursued to ensure the same level of safety is provided to all mariners on board all MODUs, floating facilities and vessels thatoperate on the U.S. OCS, regardless of each unit’s flag. Coast Guard resources for oversight and inspection should betargeted based on risk. The Coast Guard’s efforts to develop standards, confirm compliance, and ensure safety on the U.S.OCS should be closely coordinated with BSEE. The need for interagency coordination has never been greater. Similarly,industry stakeholders and industry consensus standards organizations should be aggressively engaged
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