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USCG – NOSAC Membership

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), which advises the service on matters affecting the offshore industry. Applications must be received by November 30. 74 Fed. Reg. 35882 (July 21, 2009). (Source: Bryant’s Maritime News)


USCG Seeks Members for NOSAC

The US Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC).  Applications should be submitted by April 18.  76 Fed. Reg. 11503  (March 2, 2011).   (Source: Bryant’s Daily News)


Schat-Harding Launches New Offshore Lifeboat

Schat-Harding is to launch a new generation freefall lifeboat for the offshore industry at the Offshore North Sea exhibition. The FF1200 boat and matching davit will have a capacity for up to 70 persons and will be suitable for drop heights from platforms and other offshore units up to 33 m above sea level in extreme conditions. The unique feature of the new design is that it meets all the new OLF (The Norwegian Oil Industry


Coast Guard, BSEE to Share Offshore Safety Duties

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy.

U.S. Coast Guard ond Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement sign agreement to improve offshore oversight. U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson and announced today at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that will strengthen the working relationship between the two agencies on the management of safety


USCG, BSEE Sign Agreement for Regulating Mobile Offshore Drilling Units

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Director James Watson

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for regulating mobile offshore drilling units (MODU) on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). “The Coast Guard and BSEE share the goal of keeping our oceans clean and offshore workers safe,” said Servidio


DNV Launches New Offshore Safety Training

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DNV is to deliver new courses in offshore safety which aim to advance the critical role of elected safety representatives (ESRs) in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving safety. Following a series of successful pilot courses earlier this year, DNV is now accredited by OPITO to run courses which will be available to more than 2,000 ESRs working across the industry. This is the first recognized standard applied to any safety representative training since the creation of the basic


Dynamic Positioning Takes Control at Sea

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Growing reliance on DP technology, a burgeoning global market and the focus on offshore safety means that DP capabilities are no longer optional.   Markets & Trends The requirement for Dynamic Positioning (DP) capabilities on offshore tonnage is growing in leaps and bounds; directly related to the offshore drilling boom in many parts of the globe. And, says Michael C. Ford, Vice President of Commercial Operations for L-3 Dynamic Positioning and control Systems


Norwegian Embassy Announces Offshore Technology Summit

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Increased energy demand due to rapid economic development is driving many Asia Pacific countries to reduce their dependency on imported oil and gas by upping local offshore exploration and production (E&P) activities. Responding to this reality, The Royal Norwegian Embassy in Singapore announced the free Asia Offshore Technology Conference  on Tuesday, April 16 in Singapore to assess ‘The Challenges of Offshore E&P in Asia Pacific’.


Riva to Serve as ABS Chief Surveyor

Joe Riva

ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki announced the appointment of Joseph "Joe" Riva to the position of ABS Vice President and Chief Surveyor. This role is responsible for guiding and overseeing all ABS survey activities, applying a strong knowledge of ABS Rules and Guides and international regulations to create consistency and quality in service delivery. Riva will succeed Linwood "Lenny" Pendexter, who has held the position for ten years.


Harkand Names Brown to Gulf of Mexico Management Team

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Global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand informs it has made a key appointment by securing Mike Brown as general manager of diving services in North America. A U.S. Navy veteran, Brown has considerable experience of commercial diving in the offshore oil and gas sector having held number of senior positions in a career spanning more than 35 years. He was most recently working with Chet Morrison Contractors as general manager of the offshore


New Class of PFDs Target Improved Safety

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“Out of the Water in 60 Seconds”: Innovative Survivor+ Personal Overboard Survival System is new class of PFD with potential to significantly improve safety Many people are still drowning unnecessarily at sea. Preparation, training and equipment undoubtedly save many lives


Chouest Appointed to Port of New Orleans Board

Laney J. Chouest is sworn in to the Port of New Orleans Board of Commissioners (Photo courtesy of the Port of New Orleans)

Governor Bobby Jindal appointed south Louisiana businessman and entrepreneur Laney J. Chouest to the Board of the Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans. Chouest, who was sworn in during today’s Board meeting, will serve a five-year term, succeeding Joseph F


DNV GL Extends UK Offshore Safety Training

DNV GL, the global provider of risk management services, is extending a offshore safety training program which aims to advance the role of elected safety representatives (ESRs) in minimizing the risk of accidents and improving safety. The course, which is accredited by OPITO


DNV GL Revisits Offshore Oil & Gas Risks

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In the first issue its 'Perspectives' online magazine DNV GL’s Graham Bennett points out that the Macondo incident has cast a spotlight on well control standards and the need for more consistency in training. Offshore oil and gas activities are not, by nature, inherently safe


DNV GL Wins Statoil Contract for the North Sea

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DNV GL U.K. has secured the third party ICP (Independent Competent Person) multimillion GBP contract, related to compliance with U.K. Offshore Regulations for the Statoil Mariner project. The award is the culmination of two years’ of project FEED support


World’s Fastest Ferry Using SharpEye Radar

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Kelvin Hughes, a designer and supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, announced that its SharpEye radar is now in continuous use on the world’s fastest ferry, operating between Argentina and Uruguay. Launched in Oct 2013 by the President of Argentina


DP Offshore Safety Vessel Launched at Zamakona Yard

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Zamakona Yards say they have successfully launched the 'Ocean Marilin' for owners Atlantic Offshore A.S. at their shipyard in Pasajes in Northern Spain. The shipbuilder explains that the principal mission of the vessel will be to provide immediate attention in emergency situations to offshore oil


Stork Double Shortlisted for SPE Awards

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Stork has been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s SPE Offshore Achievement Awards, including the ‘Safety Innovation’ award for its innovative Extended Breathing Apparatus System (ERBAS) and the ‘Environmentalist’ award for its efficient Sandwash Tank system


Refrigerated Containers Set Safety Standard

Reftrade UK supply, deliver and advise on the rental and sale of DNV 2.7-1 / EN 12079 storage reefers and refrigeration containers.

Gone are the days where a refrigerated unit was a 20ft container with a fridge pack attached. In today’s offshore environment it is it about quality and reliability and the safety of the people working with our kit from dock to deck, explains Greg Spence, managing director of Reftrade UK.


Brazil Offshore Safety Issues May Affect Petrobas Production

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Reuters – Brazil 's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA could face new production stoppages on platforms in the Campos Basin if it does not resolve lingering safety issues, the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper reported on Sunday.


Cobham to Debut Offshore Safety Systems at OTC

Cobham Life Support will introduce its new maritime safety system, Survivor+ at OTC 2014, May 5-8 in Houston, Texas. The Survivor+ Personal Overboard Survival System, a new class of ‘wearable’ PFD (Personal Flotation Device), uniquely incorporates both a SOLAS approved inflatable life


BSEE Addresses Near Miss Reporting

Allyson Anderson (Courtesy BSEE)

BSEE Associate Director Meets with IPAA, Discusses Near-Miss Reporting System and Risk Management Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Associate Director Allyson Anderson addressed the Independent Petroleum Association of America’s (IPAA) Offshore Committee last week


Motion Compensated Helideck to Launch at OTC

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Aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck boosts offshore safety, reduces operational costs by increasing landing windows Barge Master, a producer of motion compensated equipment for the offshore industry, has partnered with Bayards Aluminium constructions


BSEE Director Shares Insights at OTC Houston

BSEE Director Brian Salerno

Director Brian Salerno spoke to attendees at the 2014 Offshore technology Conference  about technology and the role of the regulator: his remarks, as prepared for delivery, are set out below: "So we are here at OTC, surrounded by extraordinary displays of technology…showcasing


Viking to Upgrade, Service Topaz Life Rafts

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Topaz Energy and Marine, an offshore support vessel (OSV) company, and marine and fire safety equipment company VIKING Life-Saving Equipment has jointly announced the signing of a multimillion dollar, 10-year life-raft servicing agreement. Under the terms of the contract






 
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