Re Vessels on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf

USCGThe USCG has issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin regarding Safety and Environmental Management System Requirements for vessels on the US Outer Continental Shelf.

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published in the Federal Register an Advanced Notice of ProposedRulemaking with the intention of promulgating regulations that would require vessels engaged in OCS activitiesto develop, implement, and maintain a vessel-specific Safety and Environmental Management System thatincorporates the management program and principles of the American Petroleum Institute's RecommendedPractice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations andFacilities, Third Edition, May 2004 (API RP 75) .

The notice informs the public of this action and solicits comments on whether an SEMS that incorporates themanagement program and principles of API RP 75 is appropriate for vessels engaged in OCS activities, wouldreduce risk and casualties, and would improve safety on the OCS.

The Coast Guard would use such commentsto assist in developing these new regulations.

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