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Public Guidance Documents


OOC Offshore Platform Firefighter Training Industry Guidance Document

This document is intended to establish a risk-based industry driven recommended best practice for the training and competency assessment of firefighters working on offshore production platforms, also known as FOFs, in the United States Gulf of Mexico (U.S. GOM). FOFs are considered non-vessels under current USCG policy (CG-OES Policy Letter 01-20).


OOC Life Extension Guide for Floating Production Systems

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to operators on a process to assess and successfully demonstrate a Floating Production System’s (FPS) fitness for future service beyond its original, approved design life, commonly referred to as a life extension. The process contained within this document describes the anticipated timing, tasks, references and regulatory interaction during the assessment and
approval process.


DP MODU Tropical Storm Avoidance in the Gulf of Mexico

The objective of this guidance document is to capture more than a decade of lessons learned and good operational practice for Dynamically Positioned Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (DP MODU) Tropical Storm (Named Storm) Avoidance in the Gulf of Mexico. Furthermore, this guidance seeks to support considerations for establishing necessary Total Time (T-Time) intervals to allow MODUs to successfully avert undue risk from Tropical Storms (Named Storms) that occur in the US Gulf of Mexico.


OOC Guidelines for the Installation of Bonded Composite Repairs

This paper provides guidelines for the use of bonded composite systems to temporarily or to permanently repair existing corroded steel plates on the topsides of FPS and fixed leg structures in the US Gulf of Mexico (GoM). The scope of this document covers the assessment, design, qualification, installation, and inspection of bonded repairs.


OOC Meter Time Extension Request Guidance Document

This document provides guidance to operators as to when a meter proving/calibration time extension is required and when it is not required. This document will also provide definitions and guidance specifically related to the BSEE Measurement Approval and Enforcement Section (MA&E), comprised of the Commingling and Measurement Approval Unit, Measurement Verification Unit, and Measurement Inspection Unit, including clarification of the different meter status classifications as described in NTL No. 2010 N-08, a description of different variance requests that can be submitted to BSEE, and clarification of time extension requirements for conducting well tests used for allocation purposes.


Guidance for Inspection Color Coding of Offshore Lifting Slings

This guidance document covers optional color coding for offshore lifting sling inspection dates.  After engagements between the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the Offshore Operators Committee (OOC), it was recommended that guidance that could be adopted by multiple operators and their contractors in the US Gulf of Mexico may aid in reduction of lifting related incidents.  Input from BSEE was provided after a focused inspection program executed of several facilities offshore.


Method(s) for the Validation of Multiphase Flow Meters in Allocation Service

This document provides an overview of existing and alternative methods for in situ validation of MPFMs. Operational factors and realistic expectations will be considered for evaluating possible error sources and making informed corrections based on validation results.  The purpose of this document is solely for guidance on the validation of MPFMs, which is a comparison of the MPFM(s) to a reference system. This document is not intended to supersede regulatory requirements, commercial agreements or industry standards.


Life Rafts on SPARS Guidance Document

Coast Guard requested the OOC draft a guidance document that helps detail the most suitable stowage locations for life rafts on SPAR type floating OCS facilities.


Alternate Life Boat Loading Guidance Document

OOC recommendations for the implementation of alternative procedures and practices for Life Boating Loading.


Means of Escape from Fixed Platform Guidance

This document is a USCG D8 Policy containing OOC Guidance on Fixed Platform means of escape.


Subsea Well Intervention Risk Management Framework R1 Report

OOC engaged both the USCG D8 and BSEE in late 2015 concerning an emerging policy for vessels conducting well intervention operations. At that time the OOC expressed concern that they policy did not recognize the complexity and variety of well intervention activities on the OCS and that a risk-based approach would be more appropriate. The OOC, several of its member company representatives, USCG and BSEE then engaged in a series of meetings that led to the Framework being completed in May 2017.


Surface Commingling & Production Measurement Application Guidelines

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist operators with the preparation of surface commingling and measurement applications.


Shallow Water Source Control Guidance Document

This document is a guide of intervention and relief well services which may need to be performed in the event of a shallow water surface stack source control event.


Production Data Assurance: DIMP 2016

The data integrity management process should include elements of prevention, detection and correction. This document offers recommended procedures to achieve these goals.


LACT and Meter/Site Security Best Practices

This document is intended to provide industry best practices for sealing to achieve compliance with BSEE regulations.

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