BSEE to Establish Ocean Energy Safety Institute

MarineLink.com
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

As part of President Obama’s all-of-the-above approach to domestic energy development, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James Watson today announced the Bureau is taking steps to establish an independent Ocean Energy Safety Institute (Institute) to further enhance safe and responsible operations across the offshore oil and gas industry.

The Institute will provide a forum for dialogue, shared learning and cooperative research among academia, government, industry and other non-government organizations in offshore-related technologies and activities that ensure safe operations with limited impact to the environment.

“The Institute will help federal regulators keep pace with new processes employed by the industry as they move into deeper water and deeper geologic plays that require technological innovation to bring projects into production," Director Watson said. “I look forward to expanding the dialogue and engagement with additional stakeholders to identify and reduce risks to worker safety and the environment.”

A program announcement was published today in grants.gov seeking applications for the management of the Institute. Interested applicants should be sure to register with the grants.gov website prior to submitting an application.

The Institute stems from a recommendation from the Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee (OESC), a federal advisory group comprised of representatives from industry, federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and the academic community. The recommendation calls for establishing a body that will provide a program of research, technical assistance and education and serve as a center of expertise in oil and gas exploration, development and production technology. The Institute will be an important source of unbiased, independent information and will not have any regulatory authority over the offshore industry.

“As offshore energy development becomes more complex, every effort should be made to make sure it is done ever more safely,” said Dr. Thomas O. Hunter, chair of the OESC and former Sandia National Laboratory Director. “The Institute provides a unique opportunity for all engaged parties to work together to identify and deploy technology that will make a real and enduring difference. The time is right and the opportunity is clear.”

While there have been other efforts to identify technological gaps and to recommend improvement of drilling and production equipment, practices, and regulation, the Institute would strive to bring these efforts together to coordinate and focus their respective work product. With the pending expiration of the OESC, there is a strong need for an entity to gather, consider and harmonize the proposals promoted by other research and development centers to inform BSEE’s regulation of the offshore industry. Additionally, the Institute would provide a forum for the education and training of government employees to ensure that the federal workforce can keep pace and maintain the same level of technological expertise as the oil and gas industry it regulates.

“The continued shift of the offshore oil and gas industry into deeper water and frontier areas requires new expertise for offshore workers and the regulators who oversee leasing, environmental reviews, exploration, development and production operations,” said Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes. “As we continue to expand domestic energy production, this Institute will enable all segments of industry, government, academia and other stakeholders to stay informed about and engaged in changes in offshore energy development as they occur.”

Over the past several decades, offshore energy development has transitioned from shallow water environments with conventional oil and gas reservoirs to more technically challenging deepwater environments with high temperature and high pressure geologic systems. This shift has resulted in more complex drilling and production activities that provide new technological challenges requiring new skill sets for the personnel working at offshore facilities. As the industry adapts and innovates with new breakthroughs in technology and operational expertise, BSEE and other government regulatory agencies must stay informed of new and developing technologies and have the understanding and expertise to effectively fulfill their oversight functions to help ensure that tragedies like the Deepwater Horizon never happen again.

www.grants.gov

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Environmental

Registration for SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Now Open

Online registration is now open for the SHIPPINGInsight 2015 Fleet Optimization Conference & Exhibition.   Now entering its fourth year, SHIPPINGInsight is an

Transport Ministers Summit Kicks off in Germany

Key topics of this year’s summit will be centered on transport and climate change as a milestone to the COP 21 climate change conference in December 2015.   The

Globavista Launch Software Product Update

Globavista drives greater efficiency in vessel fleets by providing enhanced operational intelligence to fleet managers with new software product updates, the developer announced.

Energy

Two Hurt in Petrobras Platform Accident; Output Halted

Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras was forced to stop output at its P-56 offshore oil production ship on Wednesday in the Marlim Sul field after an explosion

Dynamic Positioning Training Center Launched in Shanghai

C-MAR, an international marine and offshore services provider, and the Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) has officially launched the Dynamic Positioning training

US: South China Sea Reclamations Stoke Instability

China's land reclamation around reefs in the disputed South China Sea is undermining freedom and stability, and risks provoking tension that could even lead to conflict, U.

News

Maersk Line Gets New Head in China

Maersk Line on May 21 announced that Mike Fang become the company's new chief of east - and central China. He joins with effect from 1 July 2015.    Fang has

HSH Nordbank Looking to Split Off Bad Shipping Loans

HSH Nordbank AG, the world’s second-largest financier of ships, plans to split off a "bad bank" for non-performing shipping loans as part of a plan to create a sustainable business model,

Navios in Red, but Beats Estimates

Navios Maritime Holdings, vertically integrated seaborne shipping and Logistics Company, slumped to a loss in the Q1 although the result beat by $0.10 per share

Maritime Safety

New Flag Program Honors US Merchant Marines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the launch of the United States Merchant Marine Flag Program, which will provide U.

Malaysia Orders Migrant Rescues, Thailand Says No to Shelters

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday he had ordered the navy to conduct search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants adrift at sea as Thailand's

US: South China Sea Reclamations Stoke Instability

China's land reclamation around reefs in the disputed South China Sea is undermining freedom and stability, and risks provoking tension that could even lead to conflict, U.

Government Update

New Flag Program Honors US Merchant Marines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced the launch of the United States Merchant Marine Flag Program, which will provide U.

Transport Ministers Summit Kicks off in Germany

Key topics of this year’s summit will be centered on transport and climate change as a milestone to the COP 21 climate change conference in December 2015.   The

Malaysia Orders Migrant Rescues, Thailand Says No to Shelters

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Thursday he had ordered the navy to conduct search and rescue missions for thousands of migrants adrift at sea as Thailand's

Offshore Energy

Two Hurt in Petrobras Platform Accident; Output Halted

Brazil's state-led oil company Petrobras was forced to stop output at its P-56 offshore oil production ship on Wednesday in the Marlim Sul field after an explosion

US: South China Sea Reclamations Stoke Instability

China's land reclamation around reefs in the disputed South China Sea is undermining freedom and stability, and risks provoking tension that could even lead to conflict, U.

PSC, BP Claims Against Transocean Resolved

Transocean Ltd. announced that it has reached two separate settlement agreements, with the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (the "PSC") and with BP Exploration & Production Inc.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2088 sec (5 req/sec)