Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
To facilitate public participation, we are inviting public comment on the issues to be considered by the committee as listed in the "Agenda" section below. Comments must be submitted in writing no later than November 1, 2011, and must be identified by USCG-2011-0877 and may be submitted by
A public comment period will be held during the meeting on November 15, 2011, and speakers are requested to limit their comments to 3 minutes. Please note that the public comment period may end before the time indicated, following the last call for comments. Contact the individual listed below to register as a speaker.
Notice of this meeting is given under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (Pub. L. 92-463). The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) provides advice and recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security on matters and actions concerning activities directly involved with or in support of the exploration of offshore mineral and energy resources insofar as they relate to matters within Coast Guard jurisdiction.
The NOSAC will meet, review and discuss reports and recommendations received from the Medical Evacuation of Injured Divers subcommittee and the Mississippi Canyon Incident Report subcommittee. The Committee will then use this information to formulate recommendations to the agency.
A complete agenda is as follows:
(1) Roll call of committee members and determination of a quorum.
(2) Approval of minutes from the May 19, 2011, meeting.
(3) Committee Administration.
a. Introduction of new members.
b. Nominations for Committee Chair and Vice Chair for presentation to the Commandant.
c. Discussion of Committee By-Laws.
d. DFO announcements.
(4) Presentation and discussion of reports and recommendations from the subcommittees on:
(a) Medical Evacuation of Injured Divers.
(b) Mississippi Canyon Incident Reports subcommittee, to include the appointment of a Co-chairman.
(5) Establishment of a sub-committee to work on the task to evaluate the requirements for licensing mariners who will man and operate large OSVs.
(6) Offshore Operators Committee (OOC) update regarding medical evacuations from the OCS.
(7) An update on USCG regulations and Federal Register notices.
(8) USCG Briefing on Joint Investigation Team for DEEPWATER HORIZON drilling rig explosion and sinking.
(9) Update from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement concerning their reorganization, rules and regulations, etc. Discussion to include USCG/BOEMRE Memorandum of Agreement OCS-06 and contracting of the National Research Council's Marine Board to conduct a study on regulating worker safety in connection with the development of offshore renewable energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).
(10) EO 13580—Domestic Energy Development and Permitting in Alaska; USCG and BOEMRE processes involved.
(11) Updates on International Maritime Organization (IMO) activities of interest to the OCS community.
(12) Briefing on the activities of Ocean Energy Safety Advisory Committee.
(13) Use of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel for internal engines.
(14) Period for Public comment.
(15) Adjournment of meeting.
A copy of each report is available at the
The meeting will be recorded by a court reporter. A transcript of the meeting and any material presented at the meeting will be made available through the
The committee will review the information presented on each issue, deliberate on any recommendations presented in the subcommittees' reports, and formulate recommendations for the Department's consideration. The committee will also receive tasking from CDR Rob Smith, Designated Federal Officer, on evaluating the various requirements for licensing mariners who will man and operate large OSVs, and to make recommendations on same.