The U.S. Coast Guard has been beefing up its offshore oil and gas expertise and now has launched a newsletter aimed at communicating with the offshore industry. The newsletter, named DRILL DOWN, is produced by the Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise. The first issue came out on March 27th, quickly followed by a second newsletter a few days later. You can access them and all future newsletters by clicking here. The first two letters are more of an introduction to the center of expertise. The Coast Guard is soliciting questions and comments from industry and the public and will use the newsletter to engage and inform on its work and interpretation of the regulations.
The OCS center was formed in 2009 to provide a focal point for subject matter expertise on offshore compliance and safety that falls under the Coast Guard’s authority. That includes inspection of Offshore Supply Vessels (OSVs), Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs), and Production Facilities as well as incident investigations.