Mitigating Risks on the Outer Continental Shelf

The outer continental shelf (OCS), located in the Gulf of Mexico, is one of the riskiest operating environments that the United States (U.S.) Coast Guard regulates. The Coast Guard responsibilities include developing and implementing regulations to protect the safety of life, property, and the environment on outer continental shelf installations, vessels, and units engaged in OCS activities. One of the most effective ways to mitigate safety and environmental risk on the OCS involves using safety and environmental management systems (SEMS). These SEMS's provide a framework for using policies and procedures that manage the risk associated with an offshore vessel or facility operation. While the Coast Guard does not have safety management regulations specific to vessels engaged in OCS activities, it does require safety management systems on certain vessels on foreign voyages. These regulations apply to a foreign voyage vessel that: (1) transports more than 12 passengers; (2) is a tanker, bulk freight vessel, freight vessel, or self-propelled mobile offshore drilling unit of 500 gross tons or more; or (3) is a foreign vessel bound for ports or places under the jurisdiction of the United States and subject to Chapter IX of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).


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  • Accession Number: 01608309
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2016 1:16PM