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Committee NameNational Offshore Safety Advisory CommitteeAgency NameDepartment of Homeland Security
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number68
Original Establishment Date8/12/1988Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date11/10/2016Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Vessel and Facility Operating Standards Division
Date Of Renewal Charter11/9/2018Designated Federal Officer PrefixCommander
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jose
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameA
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Perez
Establishment Authority*Agency AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Agency Decision DocumentDesignated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 372-1410
Effective Date Of Authority*8/12/1988Designated Federal Officer Fax*202-372-8382
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*NOSAC accomplishes its purpose through public meetings which are normally held twice a year and through subcommittee meetings when engaged in addressing a task for the Agency.
How is membership balanced?*NOSAC is composed of 15 members. Each member has expertise, knowledge and experience regarding the technology, equipment and techniques that are used, or are being developed for use in the exploration for and the recovery of offshore mineral resources.NOSAC and its associated working groups are well represented by a broad range of personnel from the offshore industry. Areas represented are petroleum production, offshore drilling, support vessel operators, offshore construction, subsea operations, diving, geophysical services, arctic operations, and the general public.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*In FY18, the committee met three times in person, December 2017 and September 2018 in Houston, TX and March 2018 in New Orleans, LA. These locations and the meeting frequency allows for maximum participation and attendance of the offshore industry. This frequency is required to provide adequate discussion on current issues and obtain committee recommendations.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Outer Continental Shelf provides an increasing percentage of our domestically produced oil and gas, and as well as drilling and production of oil and gas is moving into deeper water, new and novel floating facilities are being used requiring state-of-the-art sophisticated technology. The nature of many of the issues involved in the offshore industry is highly specialized. The US Coast Guard has limited expertise in many of these areas and the committee is needed so that the US Coast Guard may continue to obtain technical recommendations from industry on new regulations, policy and industry standards. Advice of this nature is not available from sources within the Department of Homeland Security. There are no other committees which deal with the same subject area. Due to the balance of membership described above, and the considerable amount of experience of members, the committee's advice is both beneficial and unique.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksNo remarks necessary.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentN/A
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNAGrants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*411Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNOSAC held three meetings in FY2018 and submitted 3 final reports w/273 recommendations this fiscal year. They submitted their final report/recommendations on: Safety Management Systems for Vessels engaged in Well Intervention Activities; Regulatory Reform of Coast Guard Regulations - Executive Order 13771, and 13783 Task Statement. The Committee provided final reports for the following four operational sectors - 1) Diving, 2) Drilling, 3) Production and 4) Offshore Supply Vessels, and the Final Report on Lessons Learned from the 2017 Hurricane Season. Thus, the Committee provided six total final reports for FY18.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*20.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Coast Guard completed action on the recommendations to withdraw the rulemaking project on 33 CFR Subchapter N. The withdrawal of this regulatory project resulted in action being taken on 2 of the recent recommendations from NOSAC.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*80.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Coast Guard is actively working to review the recommendations from NOSAC with respect to Safety Management Systems on Vessels Engaging in Well Intervention Activities and exploring ways to incorporate it into current regulatory initiatives focused on Safety Management Systems. The Coast Guard is also reviewing the myriad of recommendations in the four Final Reports submitted as part of the President's Regulatory Reform initiatives and the Lessons Learned for the 2017 Hurricane Season report. The Coast Guard is evaluating the input from NOSAC to help identify which recommendations may be acted upon.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentThe Coast Guard maintains publicly available website for NOSAC at
Agency Feedback CommentNANarrative Description*The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) works in support of and in harmony with the US Coast Guard Business Plan, and the US Coast Guard's goal of promoting safety and security in the offshore industry. Specifically, supporting the goal of Homeland Security, NOSAC has offered recommendations on the implementation of the US Coast Guard's regulations on Vessel and Offshore Facilities Security and Safety.The following specific information on subcommittee actions is provided to assist with the DHS current review. Subcommittee and Committee recommendations which have had significant impact on results are the recently signed CG policy letter August 20th, 2009, in which the CG used ~ 80% of their recommendations.In 2005, the CG utilized ~ 80% of the NOSAC liftboat I, II and III subcommittees recommendations in accepting certified training courses and awards for recognizing sea service time when mariners meet stated objectives for training requirements.DIVING SUBCOMMITTEE 46 CFR 197 SUB PART B, submitted comments regarding proposed regulations; which will be considered when this regulation project moves forward.CERTIFICATION AND STANDARDS FOR LARGE OSV's subcommittee has submitted recommendations to the Coast Guard. A statuatory change was made in the 2011 CG Authorization Act that allows for a new definition of OSV's that is consistent with the position taken by NOSAC and this subcommittee. With this statuatory change, the CG is updating our regulations and has taken NOSAC input into consideration for the updated Subchapter L rulemaking. SUBCOMMITTEE ON OCS FOREIGN EMPLOYMENT has prepared a document for the November 2009 meeting that recommends slight changes to a current NVIC 7-84, ch. 1, which the CG will fully consider after NOSAC committee has formally accepted their position and forwarded to the Coast Guard.REMOTE OCS MEDICAL TREATMENT Subcommittee provided recommendations to the Coast Guard at the November 2009 meeting. This does not result in CG action but suggests how industry will ensure best practise methods are in place and employed during medical assist casualties. NOSAC Recommendations FY 2010This year NOSAC submitted 7 recommendations to the USCG. A wide range of topics were covered.The Fiscal years activity started in a flurry of activity with NOSAC submitting 3 reports at the November 5th, 2009 meeting. Two were from completed tasks, and the 3rd recommendation did not have a task statement associated with it. The two tasks completed with associated recommendations were for Evacuation and Medical Treatment of Injured Workers from OCS Facilities and the Use of Foreign Citizens Engaged in OCS Activities. The 3rd report submitted dealt with the Status of Economic Analysis Working Group, Subchapter N.At the December 9th, 2009 teleconference meeting, NOSAC provided their recommendations on MARPOL Annex II, Implementation & IMO Resolution A.673 for Existing OSVs. The Coast Guard has already acted upon this and has used many of these recommendations in our recently released policy letter which covers both new and existing OSV’s and MARPOL II carriage requirements.At the July 1, 2010 teleconference meeting, NOSAC submitted their report w/ recommendations for Dynamic Positioning (DP) Systems. This will be immediately acted upon w/ inclusions into the Coast Guards proposed Subchapter N regulation update.At the September 29th, 2010, teleconference meeting, NOSAC S/C’s provided 2 additional reports which close out 2 task statements; the first is NOSAC S/C on the review of IMO Documents and Codes Concerning Offshore Supply Vessels and the 2nd is a final recommendation regarding ballast water discharge standard implications.FY2011 had 4 reports submitted to the Coast Guard. The Dynamic Positioning S/C submitted additional information from their initial submission in July 2010, after having additional time to review and complete their findings. This S/C was given a very short time line for their initial work load due to the movement of the regulatory project it was going to be used in. The Marine Portable Quarters S/C completed its work and provided a final report at the Spring meeting in 2011. This workgroup was productive over the course of a year and met approx. 7 times. Numerous CG reps attended the meetings telephonically and provided subject matter expertise on topics such as tonnage, stability, structures and design of the quarters to ensure the S/C could gain access to information as they formulated their decisions. The Large OSV S/C for vessels greater than 6000 grosss ton International tonnage convention, reviewed a previous report with recommendations they had completed in 2008 and provided some updated information in their final report, provided to the Coast Guard at the spring 2011 meeting. And lastly, the Treatment and Evacuation of injured divers S/C provided an interim report to the USCG at the spring meeting in 2011. FY2012 NOSAC submitted 3 recommendations to the USCG. They submitted a final report on Treatment and Medical Evacuation of Injured Divers from the Outer Continental Shelf remote work sites, an interim report on Standards for Dynamic Position Operating Personnel and an interim report on Mississippi Canyon Block 252 Incident Reports.FY2013 NOSAC submitted three recommendations to the USCG. They submitted a final report on Standards for Dynamic Position Operating Personnel, a final report on Mississippi Canyon Block 252 Incident Reports and a final report on International Labour Organization (ILO) Maritime Labour Convention 2006 (MLC 2006) Implementation.FY2014 NOSAC submitted 8 reports w/Recommendations this fiscal year. They submitted final reports on: Review of Coast Guard Marine Casualty Reporting; Recommended Standards for Additional Lifesaving and Fire Fighting Requirements on the Outer Continental Shelf; Safety Impact of Liftboat Sea Service Limitations; Electrical Equipment Certification within Hazardous Areas; Accommodation Service Provided on Vessels engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Activities; Recommendations for Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) for vessels on the OCS; Marine Casualty Reporting on the OCS; and an interim report on Commercial Diving Safety on the OCS.NOSAC held two meetings in FY2015 and submitted 4 reports w/Recommendations this fiscal year. They submitted final reports on: Review of Coast Guard Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Training of Personnel and Manning on Mobile Offshore Units and Offshore Supply Vessels engaged in U.S. Outer Continental Shelf Activities, Analyze and provide recommendations on Offshore Supply Vessel, Offshore Worker, Industrial Vessel, and Industrial Personnel purposeand definitions and Commercial Diving Safety on the OCS. Work is ongoing with industry technology advances still ongoing and not readily available yet in all areas.NOSAC held two meetings in FY2016 and submitted 3 reports w/Recommendations this fiscal year. They submitted final reports on: Cyber Security on the OCS, Towing of Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and Floating Installations on the OCS and Safety of Persons Assigned to Lifeboats during Launching, Recovery, and Maintenance Activities for Mobile Offshore Units and Floating Installations working on the U. S. Outer Continental Shelf.NOSAC held two in person public meetings and two public teleconference meetings in FY2017 and submitted 1 final report w/13 recommendations this fiscal year. They submitted their final report/recommendations on: Offshore Well Intervention Activities, the Vessels that Engage in these Activities, and the Needed Standards to Safely Perform These Operations.The Committee is currently working on developing recommendations for Safety Management Systems for Vessels Engaging in Well Intervention Activities on the US Outer Continental Shelf, and Input to Support Regulatory Reform of Coast Guard Regulations to meet the mandates of Executive Order 13771.NOSAC held three meetings in FY2018 and submitted 5 final report w/109 recommendations this fiscal year. They submitted their final report/recommendations on: Safety Management Systems for Vessels engaged in Well Intervention Activities; Regulatory Reform of Coast Guard Regulations - Executive Order 13771, and 13783 Task Statement for the following operational sectors - Diving, Drilling, Production and Offshore Supply Vessels.The Committee also submitted their final report for the task statement examining Lessons Learned from Outer Continental Shelf Industries' Efforts to Contribute to the Restoration and Recovery Efforts of Hurricanes that Impacted US Waters in 2017 and is working on a task statement to identify how Offshore Supply Vessels and other non purpose buit vessels may be able to assist with restoration and recovery efforts during nationally declared man-made or natural disasters. The recommendations are close to finalization.
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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-032218Input to Support Regulatory Reform of Coast Guard Regulations-Executive Orders 13771 and 13783 NOSAC2019
 COM-029170Subcommittee on Safety Management Systems for Vessels Engaging in Well Intervention Activities2019


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001264National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2017
 COM-003030National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003421National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2015
 COM-005128National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005529National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2013
 COM-007275National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2012
 COM-007608National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2011
 COM-009425National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2010
 COM-009700National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2009
 COM-011399National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2008
 COM-011574National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2007
 COM-013218National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2006
 COM-013446National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2005
 COM-015126National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2004
 COM-015313National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2003
 COM-016853National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2002
 COM-017607National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2001
 COM-018637National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2000
 COM-019498National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee1999
 COM-020524National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee1998
 COM-021517National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee1997
 COM-032840National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee2018