Formerly (CG-521), (CG-3PSE), and (G-MSE)
The Office of Design and Engineering Standards is responsible for developing and promulgating national regulations and standards that govern the safe design and construction of ships and shipboard equipment, including hull structure, stability, electrical & mechanical systems, lifesaving & fire safety equipment, and related equipment approval and laboratory acceptance. Additionally, it establishes policy, provides technical clarifications, and resolves any appeals. Furthermore, it represents the United States on several committees and sub-committees at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and is actively engaged with various standards committees (e.g., ASTM, IEEE, NFPC, etc) as well as classification society rules committees (e.g., ABS, LR, DNV, etc.).
The office is divided into five technical divisions:
Offshore Supply Vessels of at least 6,000 GT ITC. On August 18, 2014, the Coast Guard published an interim rule (79 FR 48894), using the authority Congress provided in the 2010 CG Authorization Act, which updated our Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) regulations and incorporated new standards for safe design, operation, and certification of OSVs of at least 6,000 GT ITC. The deadline for comment submission on this interim rule is November 17, 2014. A summary announcement of the rule can be found on the Coast Guard Maritime Commons. Additionally we have provided initial general FAQs here, and we will update as needed.
Fire and Explosion Analyses - Outer Continental Shelf Units. On May 2, 2014, the Coast Guard published a Federal Register notice of recommended interim voluntary guidance (79 FR 25139) concerning fire and explosion analyses for MODUs and manned fixed and floating offshore facilities engaged in activities on the U.S. OCS. For more information please see the Federal Register notice above.
Shale Gas Extraction Waste Water Transport in Bulk. On October 30, 2013, the Coast Guard published a Federal Register notice of availability and request for comments (78 FR 64905) for a proposed policy letter concerning the carriage of shale gas extraction waste water in bulk via barge. The proposed policy letter specifies the conditions under which a barge owner may request and be granted a Certificate of Inspection endorsement or letter allowing the barge to transport shale gas extraction waste water in bulk. The policy letter also defines the information the Coast Guard may require the barge owner to provide and specifies the additional requirements the Coast Guard is considering imposing on such barges.
Safety and Environmental Management System Requirements for Vessels on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. On September 10, 2013 the Coast Guard published a Federal Register Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to require vessels engaged in OCS activities to develop, implement, and maintain a vessel specific Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS). The ANPRM (78 FR 55230) requested comments on the feasibility of implementing a SEMS that incorporates API RP 75, compatibility with BSEE SEMS regulations, and other issues of concern. For more information please see the Federal Register notice above.
Liquid Chemical Categorization Updates. The Coast Guard published a Federal Register Notice of Interim Rule to update the tables that list liquid hazardous materials, liquefied gases, and compressed gases that are approved for transportation in bulk. The interim rule (78 FR 50148) initially published on August 16, 2013 and updated by 78 FR 56837 has been further updated by 79 FR 2106 to reflect a delayed effective date of January 16, 2015. The delay until 2015 will allow the Coast Guard to investigate and, if necessary, correct technical errors that were brought to the Coast Guard's attention by public comments on the interim rule. For more information please see the Federal Register notices above.
Electrical Equipment in Hazardous Locations on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The Coast Guard published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend 46 CFR Subchapter J ((78 FR 37760), published 24 June 2013) applicable to foreign Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), floating facilities, and vessels that engage in OCS activities for the first time and newly constructed U.S. MODUs, floating facilities, and vessels, excluding offshore supply vessels. For more information please see the Federal Register notice above.
Office of Design & Engineering Standards (CG-ENG)
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE STOP 7509
Washington, D.C. 20593-7509