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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Offshore Safety News

Meetings of National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) and its Liftboat subcommittee, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will meet in Houston on November 6-7, 2002. Items on the agenda include review of IMO and ISO activities, liftboat issues, offshore security, and implementation of STCW for offshore supply vessels. Source: HK Law

CSB Still Investigating Deepwater Horizon Spill

The following statement was released from U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Dr. On the one-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig accident I would like to take this opportunity to remember the 11 workers who were killed as a result of this catastrophic explosion and fire. We also wish to express our condolences to the families and coworkers whose lives will be forever impacted. The CSB’s investigation of this accident continues to examine a number of critical offshore oil and gas process safety issues. Currently CSB investigators are focusing on evaluating physical evidence, including participating in the first phase of the blowout preventer testing.

ABS Earns Provisional Accreditation from COS

ABS Quality Evaluations, Inc. (ABS QE) became the first audit service provider to obtain Provisional Accreditation status from the Center for Offshore Safety (COS) on April 25, 2013. As a provisional accreditor, ABS QE offers safety and environmental management system audits to evaluate the implementation and maintenance of COS member companies’ safety and environmental management systems throughout their offshore operations. The Safety and Environmental Management Systems program was developed to be implemented by operators, suppliers and contractors by November 15, 2013 in support of the COS’s mission to promote and protect the environment, focusing exclusively on offshore safety in the deep-water (water depths > 1,000 ft.).

U.K., Norway, Oppose Harmonised EU Offshore Safety Legislation

Norway’s oil industry has objected to the EU initiative. They believe that the EU has very little expertise in offshore operations, and there may be negative consequences if it tries to regulate safety on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, reports Aenergy. A united UK oil industry shares the Norwegians’ criticism of the proposed regulations, believing they are a threat to offshore safety. “I have been in contact with the Norwegian Oil and Energy Minister Ola Borten Moe about this matter and we share a common line. Norway and the UK can confirm that we have the most robust safety regime in the world. This dynamic work must in no way be undermined or put at risk,” Charles Hendry, Conservative Minister of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change, tells Aftenbladet.

DNV Reommends Changes to U.S. Safety Regime

Photo courtesy DNV

Houston: “A step change can be achieved with respect to prevention and mitigation of major accidents through a performance based safety regime supported by a risk management approach. Empirically, the risk can be reduced by a factor of ten,” says Elisabeth Tørstad, DNV COO in the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa. As an input to the ongoing review of the U.S.’ current offshore safety regime, DNV is recommending considerable attention to several key aspects of safety management.

Offshore Operators Can Simplify Safety Equipment Logistics

(Photo: VIKING)

Safety equipment manufacturer VIKING Life-Saving Equipment said its Offshore Safety Agreements are providing relief for offshore operators seeking to ensure compliance for their safety equipment with minimal in-house administrative overheads in a new, cost-focused paradigm. VIKING, a manufacturer of marine safety equipment and provider of servicing worldwide, will be on hand at Offshore Europe, September 8-11, to help offshore operators and drilling rig owners optimize safety equipment logistics.

Coast Guard Asks for NOSAC Applications

Vacancies on National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC; Coast Looks for Applicants. AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS. ACTION: Request for applications. SUMMARY: The Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee. This Committee advises the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters and actions concerning activities directly involved with or in support of the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources insofar as they relate to matters within Coast Guard jurisdiction. DATES: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume in time to reach the Alternate Designated Federal Officer (ADFO) on or before March 30, 2012.

BSEE, USCG on Sharing Information, Jt Ops

BSEE Director Salerno and USCG Rear Admiral Thomas Discuss information Sharing and Joint Operations at OTC

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Thomas participated in a luncheon panel discussion today ​at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC)  in Houston. The discussion focused on topics relevant to joint inspections of offshore facilities and other offshore regulatory issues. Center for Offshore Safety Executive Director Charlie Williams hosted and moderated the session on the final day of OTC. The Director…

NOSAC Meeting Scheduled for February 3

The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC), sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, will conduct a teleconference meeting on February 3. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the formation of a subcommittee on application of the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention to various types of offshore support vessels working in foreign locations. 70 Fed. Reg. 3051 Source: HK Law

BSEE Dir. Salerno to Address Offshore Technology Conference

Brian Salerno

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director Brian Salerno will be traveling to Houston for the 2015 Offshore Technology Center May4-7 at NRG Park. The annual conference is an international gathering showcasing leading‐edge technology for offshore drilling, exploration, production, and environmental protection. Director Salerno will be discussing the bureau’s advancements in reducing risk offshore. 1:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m. What: OTC Luncheon with the Center…

Specialist UK Unit Increases Post-Macondo Inspections

Laura Cameron, Partner at Pinsent Masons

- News comes amid EU attempts to change safety rules. The UK government unit responsible for monitoring offshore safety has become increasingly active in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to international law firm Pinsent Masons. Energy specialists at the firm say that the number of inspections carried out by the Offshore Environmental Inspectorate (OEI), part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change, have increased by over 70% since 2007. Inspections are also on course to rise by around a third since the Gulf of Mexico spill.

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)

BV Issues Statoil First O&G SEMS Certificate

Bureau Veritas has awarded certification to Statoil for meeting the Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) protocols developed by the Center for Offshore Safety (COS), an enhanced set of requirements in the offshore oil and gas industry. Statoil is the first organization to be issued a SEMS certificate by Bureau Veritas and is also the first offshore operator to successfully complete an independent assessment and demonstrate compliance with the offshore safety and environmental sustainability rule. The certification recognizes that Statoil Gulf of Mexico E&P’s management system meets industry and regulatory requirements for SEMS.

Motion Compensated Helideck to Launch at OTC

Image courtesy Barge Master

Barge Master, a producer of motion compensated equipment for the offshore industry, has partnered with Bayards Aluminium constructions, a specialist in lightweight and maintenance free structures for the offshore industry, to design the first aluminum Motion Compensated Helideck (MCH). Vessel motions can often have an adverse effect on the safety and costs of offshore operations, limiting the window in which helicopters can land. According to its developers, the new helideck aims…

ABS Holds Meeting to Improve Offshore Equipment Safety

ABS recently convened the inaugural meeting of the ABS Offshore Equipment Advisory Committee, bring together a group of technical advisors on March 4, 2015, at the ABS Energy Corridor office to exchange information for rule development and enhancement of classification services for offshore equipment. One of the primary focuses of the committee is to gather information from offshore experts to guide changes and additions to publications such as the ABS Guide for the Classification of Drilling Systems, the classification society explained. "The ABS Offshore Equipment Committee plays an important role in bringing together key stakeholders to provide critical expertise to improve standards for equipment safety," said ABS Chairman and CEO Christopher J. Wiernicki.

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)

USCG National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee Vacancies

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks applications for membership on the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC). Applications should be received by August 22. 76 Fed. Reg. 39410 (July 6, 2011).   Source: Bryant’s Maritime News  

OPITO Launches New Research Project

Oil and gas industry skills body OPITO has commissioned a new study which aims to identify the skills and competence gaps in offshore supervisors and how this impacts on the prevention of major safety incidents. Researchers at Robert Gordon University are undertaking in-depth interviews with current, former and retired offshore installation managers (OIMs) with extensive experience of working in the UK Continental Shelf to gain their insights into the influence of managerial commitment to safety in the offshore industry. The announcement follows last week's comments by industry leaders at the Oil and Gas U.K. breakfast that the shortage of experienced staff is potentially jeopardizing the North Sea’s world-leading safety standards as the sector prepares for its biggest boom for 30 years.

Readout from BSEE Director Watson Visit to Fourchon

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Director James A. Watson today visited Port Fourchon, La., to meet with industry representatives, the Port Commission, and the Presidents of Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. Director Watson discussed the recent creation of BSEE, the continued effort to enhance offshore safety and environmental protections, and the bureau's continued work on enhanced regulations. "BSEE is committed to the Administration’s goal of expanding safe and responsible development of our offshore domestic resources…

Global Industries Wins Safety Award

Global Industries was awarded the 2009 National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) Safety-in-Seas Award on April 16, recognizing their contribution to the safety of life offshore for energy workers. Global Industries was selected by a panel of judges from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Minerals Management Service and the National Academy of Science's Marine Board. NOIA President Tom Fry said, "Global Industries demonstrated that safety is priority number one, whether in their Plug & Abandonment (P&A) work on decommissioned wellheads or on hurricane recovery projects. Their safety record is an exemplary achievement, successfully integrating safety and training together across a large organization.

NOIA Applauds Selection of Next BSEE Director

“I applaud Secretary Jewell’s selection of Vice Admiral Brian Salerno as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. Like his predecessor, Vice Admiral Salerno comes with a solid background in offshore issues. NOIA trusts he will continue Admiral Watson’s record of fair oversight as we strive to maintain the highest levels of offshore safety while producing the energy so vital to the nation’s economic health.

Noble Energy Wins Offshore SAFE Award

Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL) announced that the Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service (MMS) awarded the company the 2009 Safety Award for Excellence (SAFE) in the moderate activity operator category for outstanding achievements in offshore safety, environmental protection, and pollution prevention in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the second year in a row that Noble Energy has won the SAFE award. Winners were announced at the MMS Annual Industry Awards program held in conjunction with the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas on May 7, 2009. Noble Energy has either won or been a finalist for the SAFE award four out of the last five years for operations in the Gulf of Mexico. (www.nobleenergyinc.com)

Mermaid Maritime Opens New Office

Denmark's Mermaid Maritime (Vietnam) Ltd. has opened its office in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province under a cooperation agreement between Vietnamese and Danish firms in the oil and gas industry. The event took place early this week on the occasion of a Vietnam visit by eight Danish offshore industry companies from October 9-13 to explore business opportunities. Mermaid Maritime (Vietnam) is located in Dong Xuyen Industrial Park. Though it was set up in October 2004, it has already become a market leader in marine and offshore safety equipment in Vietnam. The visit also takes in Hanoi and HCMC. The delegation is scheduled to join seminars aimed at looking into the prospects-for cooperation in the oil and gas industry. The seminars are arranged by the Danish embassy in cooperation with PetroVietnam.

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