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Novel Vessels, Offshore Units & Technology

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CG-ENG-1 analyzes novel designs not covered in current regulations and coordinates with stakeholders to determine equivalent safety standards and establish “design basis” agreements for individual vessels.  We also develop policy and regulations to ensure new technology meets a minimum safety level. Our current focus is developing safety standards for vessels that conduct Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Activities. 

Key areas of focus include:

Dynamic Positioning (DP) Systems- Dynamic Positioning design and operation is critical to many deepwater OCS activities.  The Coast Guard published interim voluntary guidance in two Federal Register Notices on May 4, 2012 (77 FR 26562) and October 12, 2012 (77 FR 62247). The FR notices recommend owners or operators of DP MODUs and vessels other than MODUs voluntarily follow the guidance provided in the Marine Technology Society DP Operations Guidance Part 2, Appendix 1, on MODUs (March 2012); Part 2, Appendix 2, on project construction vessels (July 2012); or Part 2, Appendix 3, on logistics vessels (July 2012), as appropriate. The Coast Guard also published policy letter CG-5PC Policy Letter 77 FR 26562 which clarifies protocol for voluntary reporting of MODU DP incidents and outlines how the Coast Guard would use voluntary incident reports to facilitate industry wide improvements to DP reliability by using lessons learned from voluntary reports.

Floating OCS FacilitiesAs the offshore industry continues to expand and move into deeper water, the design of floating OCS facilities is becoming technologically complex. CG-ENG has published the following policy letter to assist the offshore industry with demonstrating compliance with existing regulations that are applicable to FOI and FPSOs. 

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