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www.uscg.mil/proceedings 38 Proceedings Winter 2013–2014 of compliance at least six months prior to engaging in U.S. OCS activities by submitting a written request or email to the offcer in charge of marine inspection of the marine inspection zone in which the unit intends to operate. Foreign-fagged MODUs are charged a user fee for Coast Guard examinations in accordance with 46 CFR 2.10-130 and may not be examined until these fees are paid. One OCS, One Standard The Coast Guard is working to amend its coastal state regulations, 33 CFR Subchapter N, to effectively mitigate the risk OCS activities pose to people, property, and the environment. By amending its coastal state regulations the Coast Guard will ensure all MODUs, foating facili- ties, and vessels, regardless of fag, that operate on the U.S. OCS are required to satisfy the same standards. The new regulations will incorporate industry consensus and international standards, which will set the frame- work to keep pace with the rapidly evolving technology employed on the OCS. About the authors: LCDR Nikki Samuel is the program manager for offshore compliance in the Offce of Commercial Vessel Activities. Her experience includes several marine safety assignments and staff positions at Coast Guard headquarters. LCDR Jennifer Hnatow has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for 12 years. LCDR Hnatow has served in many capacities, most recently on the head‑ quarters staff with the Commercial Vessel Compliance Offshore Branch. Endnotes: 1. International Chamber of Shipping available at www.shipping-facts.com/. 2. CGBI Cubes data. 3. More detailed information on Coast Guard examinations conducted under the port state control authority can be found in Change 2 to Navigation and Inspection Circular 06-03, Coast Guard Port State Control Targeting and Examina‑ tion Policy for Vessel Security and Safety. 4. The scope of coastal state examinations is further clarifed in regulations (33 CFR 140.101(e)). 5. Further details as to the scope of COC exams can be found in CH-1 to NVIC 3-88, Issuance of Letters of Compliance to Foreign Documented Mobile Offshore Drilling Units Operating on the Continental Shelf of the United States. Targeting of Foreign Flagged MODUs. All of these examina- tions are performed under coastal state authority. Examination Scope U.S.-fagged MODUs receive a certifcate of inspection after undergoing a satisfactory Coast Guard inspection, which is different in scope than an examination. A U.S.- fagged MODU undergoes an in-depth inspection based on U.S. rules and regulations; a foreign-fagged MODU receives an examination for a certifcate of compliance to ensure it complies with appropriate international stan- dards and applicable U.S. regulations. A foreign-flagged MODU has three options under 33 CFR 143.207 for how it can receive a certifcate of com- pliance. The frst option requires MODUs to comply with the design and equipment standards of the U.S. regula- tions found in 46 CFR Part 108. USCG marine inspectors will examine foreign-fagged MODUs to ensure com- pliance to the same extent as would be performed on a U.S.-fagged MODU. The second option requires a MODU to comply with the standards of the documenting nation, if the standards for safety and operational requirements provide a level equivalent to or exceeding U.S. regulations. If there is any indication the MODU is not being maintained to the fag state's standards, or there are apparent discrepancies between the fag state's standards and 46 CFR Part 108, these issues will be resolved prior to issuing a certifcate. The final option requires compliance with the IMO MODU Code. The MODU must possess a va l id IMO MODU Code certifcate issued by or on behalf of the fag state. Other required documents will also be examined to determine their validity. 5 Owner and Operator Responsibilities The owner or builder of a foreign-flagged MODU should apply for an examination to obtain a certifcate Winter �2013_45.indd 38 2/10/14 9:31 AM