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www.uscg.mil/proceedings 42 Proceedings Winter 2013–2014 An Evolving Membership The committee consists of 15 members with knowledge, experience, and expertise regarding the technology, equipment, and techniques used to recover offshore min- eral resources. As members represent particular offshore oil and gas industry segments, these segments change from time to time to refect technological advances and industry adjustments For example, an Alaska OCS segment has replaced the deepwater ports segment due to the increased activity in the Arctic region and the unique challenges faced with exploration and production. The subsea engineering segment replaced the pipe laying segment, as current production is moving further offshore into deeper water. The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security appoints members to serve a term of three years, and membership terms are staggered, with approximately one-third expiring each year. Vacancies are advertised in the Federal Register, with interested individuals asked to submit an application and resume representing a par- ticular segment. In addition, the Coast Guard Comman- dant may request the Bureau of Safety and Environmen- tal Enforcement, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Maritime Administration, the Department of Energy, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to each designate a representative to participate as an observer. Meetings The committee holds two meetings annually, one in April in New Orleans, La., and the other in November in Hous- ton, Texas. This maximizes participation, because the offshore industry is concentrated along the Gulf Coast. Notice of each meeting and an agenda are published in the Federal Register, one month prior to the meeting. The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) originated in 1988 to open lines of communi- cation between the Coast Guard and the offshore oil and gas industry. The committee serves as a public forum to discuss safety, security, and environmental concerns regarding the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) and provides information to the Coast Guard for policy development and regulatory oversight. P r eve n t i o n I m p r ove m e n t s The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee by MR. SCOTT E. HARTLEY United States Coast Guard Vessel and Facility Operating Standards Division NOSAC Membership Membership is organized as outlined below. Two members representing companies, organizations, enterprises or similar entities engaged in each of the following activities: ■ petroleum production, ■ ofshore drilling, ■ ofshore operations, ■ ofshore support. One member representing companies, organizations, enterprises, or similar entities engaged in each of the following activities: ■ ofshore facility construction; ■ ofshore diving services; ■ ofshore safety and training providers; ■ ofshore subsea engineering, construction, or remotely oper- ated vehicle support; ■ ofshore environmental protection, compliance, or response services; ■ offshore oil exploration and production on the Outer Continental Shelf of Alaska. One member of the public. ▼ ▼ ▼ Winter �2013_45.indd 42 2/10/14 9:31 AM