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www.uscg.mil/proceedings Admiral Robert J. Papp Jr. Commandant U.S. Coast Guard The Marine Safety & Security Council of the United States Coast Guard Rear Admiral Frederick J. Kenney Judge Advocate General Chairman Mr. Jeff Lantz Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards Member Rear Admiral Peter J. Brown Assistant Commandant for Response Policy Member Rear Admiral Joseph Servidio Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Member Rear Admiral Stephen Metruck Assistant Commandant for Resources, Chief Financial Off cer Member Rear Admiral Steven Poulin Director for Governmental and Public Affairs Member Captain Jonathan Burton Director of Inspections and Compliance Member Mr. William R. Grawe (Acting) Director of National Pollution Funds Center Member Mr. Gary C. Rasicot Director of Marine Transportation Systems Management Member Captain Sheryl Dickinson (Acting) Director of Incident Management and Preparedness Policy Member Commander Michael Cavallaro Executive Secretary The many technological advances we have seen in the offshore industry are truly amaz- ing, for example, remote operations, dynamic positioning, and system automation— unimaginable just a few decades ago. These rapid technological advances have opened up the deepwater frontier and likewise potentially opened up new risks and new challenges. The mobile offshore drilling unit explosions at Mississippi Canyon, 2010, and Timbalier, 2013, and the production platform explosion at West Delta, 2012, highlight potential risks to people, property, the environment, and our need to keep pace with technological advancements and ensure we are adequately addressing deep water and shallow water risks on the U.S. outer continental shelf (OCS). We must reassess and revise our OCS standards, because Coast Guard requirements are dated in several areas. We have begun this work in critical areas, proposing regulations for safety and environmental management systems and preventing explosions as well as issuing guidance for dynamic positioning, f ref ghting, and lifesaving systems. Our new regulations will incorporate international and industry consensus standards and estab- lish a framework focused on performance and keeping pace with rapidly evolving OCS technology. The framework will require all mobile offshore drilling units, f oating facili- ties, and vessels operating on the U.S. OCS to satisfy the same standards regardless of f ag. Additionally, we recognize the expanding use of autonomous systems and other cutting- edge technology within the industry potentially creates greater cyber security vulner- abilities. We must address these risks before casualties occur that dictate we develop new regulations and associated requirements in a reactive manner. We wish to address these risks proactively in a deliberate, thoughtful manner that values the important role our stakeholders play in the development of effective standards and regulations. We will continue to seek input through our federal advisory committees, industry partnerships, and regulatory development processes. The Coast Guard must ensure it acts in concert with other government agencies that have authority and responsibilities on the U.S. OCS, particularly the Bureau of Safety and Envi- ronmental Enforcement. It is critical that we collaborate with one another to maximize eff ciency and effectiveness and develop compatible regulations and policies. We have completed a memorandum of understanding and several memoranda of agreements that reinforce our shared commitment to synchronize OCS requirements. In summary, the Coast Guard recognizes its need to ensure regulations and standards keep pace with industry developments on the outer continental shelf, and that its strategy will direct f nite resources toward the highest areas of risk. by REAR ADMIRAL JOSEPH A. SERVIDIO U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy Assistant Commandant's Perspective 4 Proceedings Winter 2013–2014 Winter �2013_45.indd 4 2/10/14 9:31 AM