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Eighth District Outer Continental Shelf

 

*** 2018 HURRICANE SEASON GUIDANCE***

 

2018 Hurricane Season begins June 1.  All units are advised to review the EEP and make necessary preparations.  Please review the updated reporting requirements below. 

MSIB Hurricane Season 2018.pdf

               

GOMEX AMSTEP 2018 Flyer-Registration.pdf

Gulf Guardian 2018-Registration Form.docx

Scheduling:

To schedule an inspection, complete an Application for Inspection and email to OCSScheduling@uscg.mil.

 A COMPLETE application is required to request inspectors conduct a field visit.  Inspections applications are reviewed and processed on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please note that inspections are scheduled 4 to 6 weeks in advance and short-term requests are not likely to be accommodated without exceptional circumstances.  It is important that you schedule your inspections well in advance of the expiry date of your certificate or deficiency timeline. Providing a requested date and two alternates (as indicated on the form) allows the processing inspector flexibility to meet your needs, though requested dates cannot be guaranteed.

A scheduled inspection date implies that the unit will be FULLY INSPECTION READY on the date of the inspection.  This means that your unit will be fully manned and operational to reflect the operations conducted offshore. Inspectors must have access to all required systems and be able to conduct all tests and drills necessary to satisfy the scope of the inspection. 

Emergency Evacuation Plans (EEP):

To submit EEP’s and EEP updates for review and approval, please email Emergency-Evacuation-Plans@uscg.mil.

BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR EEP, please ensure that the EEP and your submitted comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 146.140 and 33 CFR 146.210, as applicable.

Please also review D8 OCS Policy Letter 01-2015 (found under the policy tab) to ensure your submittal aligns with current, local policy.

EEP’s are reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis.   Timely submittal of your EEP is important to ensure that it is reviewed and approved to meet your needs. 

Office review ensures that your EEP meets the content requirements of the applicable regulations and presents an achievable evacuation plan.  Units must be ready to demonstrate FULL IMPLEMENTATION of the EEP during the course of an inspection.  This includes  working knowledge of the EEP and the specific features related to the unit and timely and competent response to emergency scenarios reflecting implementation of the plan. 

Coast Guard inspectors may issue deficiencies applied to an approved EEP, which is found to be operationally insufficient or not appropriately implemented in the field. 

Letters of Determination (LOD):

 To obtain a Letter of Determination, please submit requests to OCSLOD@uscg.mil.

Our goal is to return Letters of Determination within ten (10) business days of receipt.  Due to the volume of requests received, until further notice, requests will be queued first come first served fashion and urgency requests cannot be accommodated.  If additional information is required to complete your request our office will reach out to you.

The D8 OCS OCMI reviews requests for Letters of Determination for floating OCS facilities and MODUs.  LOD requests for personnel to work aboard US-flagged Offshore Supply Vessels (OVSs) shall be sent to the cognizant, local OCMI.

LOD requests shall contain the following information:

  • Names of personnel

  • Position (s) with a clear description of duties

  • Confirmation that the position is shore-based and/or temporary in nature

  • Name of the unit(s)/vessel(s) on which the position(s) will be employed

  • Period of employment

Marine Casualty Reporting:

Initial reports of marine casualties required by 33 CFR 146.30 and 33 CFR 146.303 shall be made to the Coast Guard Sector Command Center for the Sector in which the OCS facility is located.  Eighth Coast Guard District Sector boundaries are defined in 33 CFR 3.40.

It is important to review every incident which occurs offshore within the context of these requirements to determine whether the incident meets the criteria to be reported to the Coast Guard.

The following list approximates Sector boundaries by block area and includes the 24-hour, emergency Command Center phone number.

Sector Mobile (251) 441-6211

Mobile Bay

Sector New Orleans (504) 365-2533

Chandeleur                                                                  South Timbalier

Chandeleur East Addition                                            South Timbalier South Addition

Breton Sound                                                               Ship Shoal

Viosca Knoll                                                                 Ship Shoal South Addition

Main Pass                                                                    Eugene Island

Main Pass East and South Additions                          Eugene Island South Addition

South Pass                                                                  Green Canyon

South Pass East and South Additions                        South Marsh Island

West Delta                                                                  South Marsh Island South Addition

West Delta South Addition                                          Garden Banks (east of 092-10W)

Grand Isle                                                                   Desoto Canyon

Grand Isle South Addition                                           Destin Dome

Mississippi Canyon                                                     Lloyd Ridge

Atwater Valley                                                             Henderson

Ewing Bank                                                                 Walker Ridge

Bay Marchand                                                             Atwater

South Pelto                                                                  Lund

Sector Houston/Galveston (281) 464-4854

Vermillion                                                                    High Island East Addition and South Ext.

Vermillion South Addition                                            Galveston

East Cameron                                                             Galveston South Addition

East Cameron South Addition                                     East Breaks

West Cameron West Addition                                     Brazos

West Cameron South Addition                                    Brazos South Addition

Garden Banks (east of 093-25W to 092-10E)             Garden Banks (to 093-25W)

High Island                                                                   Keathley Canyon

High Island East and South Additions

Sector Corpus Christi (361) 939-6349

Matagorda Island                                                         South Padre Island

Mustang Island                                                            South Padre Island East Addition

Mustang Island East Addition                                      Port Isabel

North Padre Island                                                      Alaminos Canyon

North Padre Island East Addition

 

In addition to initial reports, written reports of casualties and CG-2692 forms shall be emailed to OCSCasualtyReports@uscg.mil.   

General Correspondence:

For general correspondence with the OCS, send emails to OCSCorrespondence@uscg.mil.

The purpose of the correspondence folder is to address any items NOT covered the other email addresses above.  This includes:

  • Regulatory/policy clarification
  • Local approvals
  • Long term projects
  • Repair/mitigation questions/plans

Please be advised that correspondence to the OCS will only be received and reviewed through OCSCorrespondence@uscg.mil. Unless already working with a field inspector to resolve deficiencies, please do not initiate any correspondence directly with field inspectors.  Any items requiring technical expertise or long-term oversight will be assigned to an inspector on a case-by-case basis and you will be officially notified.  Centralizing correspondence in this manner allows the OCS to prioritize and balance workload. 

Given the large amount of correspondence received by the OCS, please expect 10 business days for review and response.  If you have note received acknowledgement within 10 business days, please call Mr. Ed Lacy at the number above