USCG Releases Draft Proposed Requirements for MODUs/Vessels Engaged in OCS Activities

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that it is seeking comments by Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 on a proposed rule establishing minimum design, operation, training, and manning standards for mobile offshore drilling units (MODUs) and other vessels using dynamic positioning (DP) systems to engage in Outer Continental Shelf activities. While the proposed rule would set… More »


Coast Guard Seeks Comments on OCS-related Information Collection Extension

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that it is seeking comments by Friday, Jan. 23, 2015 on its intention to approval to extend an information collection related to security plans for ports, vessels, facilities, Outer Continental Shelf facilities, and other security-related requirements. The information collection relates to statutory requirements included in the Maritime Transportation Security… More »


USCG Issues Interim Rule for Certain Offshore Supply Vessels

The U.S. Coast Guard has announced its issuance of an interim final rule requiring U.S.-flagged offshore supply vessels of at least 6,000 gross tonnage to comply with existing regulatory requirements and international standards for design, engineering, construction, operations and manning, inspections, and certification. The rule also applies to any vessel of at least 500 gross… More »


USCG Proposes Liability Increase for Vessels and Deepwater Ports

The U.S. Coast Guard recently announced that it is seeking comments by Monday, October 20 on its proposal to (1) increase Oil Pollution Act (OPA) liability limits for vessels, deepwater ports, and onshore facilities to reflect inflationary changes; (2) use a simplified regulatory procedure for future inflation-related adjustments; and (3) clarify applicability of OPA vessel… More »