[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 201 (Wednesday, October 17, 2012)]
[Pages 63849-63850]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25569]



Coast Guard

[Docket No. USCG-2012-0855]

National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee

AGENCY: United States Coast Guard

ACTION: Committee Management; Notice of Federal Advisory Committee 


SUMMARY: The National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee (NOSAC) will 
meet on November 7 and 8, 2012, in Houston, TX to discuss various 
issues related to safety of operations and other matters affecting the 
oil and gas offshore industry. These meetings are open to the public.

DATES: NOSAC will meet Wednesday, November 7, 2012, from 1 p.m. to 5 
p.m. and Thursday, November 8, 2012, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two 
subcommittees will meet the afternoon of November 7. Please note that 
the meetings may close early if the committee has completed its 
business or be extended based on the level of public comments.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Marriott South Hobby 
Airport Hotel, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, TX 77017, http://www.marriott.com/houhh. The November 7 afternoon subcommittee meetings 
will be held in the Corpus Christi room. The November 8 meeting will 
also be held at Marriott South Hobby Airport Hotel, in the Corpus 
Christi/South Padre Rooms.
    For information on facilities or services for individuals with 
disabilities or to request special assistance at the meeting, contact 
the person listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT as soon as 
    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 October 25, 2012, and must be identified by USCG-2012-0855 
and may be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Fax: (202) 493-2251.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility (M-30), U.S. Department 
of Transportation, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: Same as mail address above, between 9 a.m. 
and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The 
telephone number is 202-366-9329.
     To avoid duplication, please use only one of these 
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the words 
``Department of Homeland Security'' and the docket number for this 
action. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. You 
may review a Privacy Act notice regarding our public dockets in the 
January 17, 2008, issue of the Federal Register (73 FR 3316).
    Docket: For access to the docket to read documents or comments 
related to

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this Notice, go to http://www.regulations.gov, insert USCG-2011-0855 in 
the Keyword ID box, press Enter, and then click on the item you are 
interested in viewing.
    A public comment period will be held during the meeting on November 
8, 2012, 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 one of 
the individuals listed below to register as a speaker.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Commander Rob Smith, Designated 
Federal Officer of NOSAC, Commandant (CG-OES-2), U.S. Coast Guard, 2100 
Second Street SW., Stop 7126, Washington, DC 20593-0001; telephone 
(202) 372-1410, fax (202) 372-1926, or Mr. Scott Hartley, Alternate 
Designated Federal Officer of NOSAC, Commandant (CG-OES-2), U.S. Coast 
Guard, 2100 Second Street SW., Stop 7126, Washington, DC 20593-0001; 
telephone (202) 372-1437, fax (202) 372-1926. If you have questions on 
viewing or submitting material to the docket, call Renee V. Wright, 
Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-366-9826.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 U.S. Coast Guard jurisdiction.


Day 1

    NOSAC's two subcommittees will meet on November 7, 2012, between 1 
p.m. and 5 p.m., to discuss its ongoing work. Times for these meetings 
are as follows: (1) Standards for Dynamic Positioning (DP) Operating 
Personnel (1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and (2) Review of the Mississippi 
Canyon Block 252 Incident Reports stemming from the Deepwater Horizon 
casualty event (3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.).

Day 2

    The NOSAC will meet on November 8, 2012, to review and discuss 
reports and recommendations received from the two subcommittees from 
their deliberations on November 7. The Committee will use this 
information and consider public comments in formulating final 
recommendations to the agency. Public comments or questions will be 
taken at the discretion of the DFO during the discussion and 
recommendations portion of the meeting as well as during the public 
comment period, see Agenda item (13). A complete agenda for November 
8th is as follows:
    (1) Committee Administration;
    (2) Welcoming comments from USCG;
    (3) Presentation and discussion of Reports and Recommendations from 
the subcommittees and subsequent actions on:
    (a) Standards for DP Operating Personnel; and
    (b) Mississippi Canyon Block 252 Incident Reports.
    (4) An update on recent U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regulations and 
Federal Register notices that affect the offshore industry;
    (5) An update on recent Bureau of Safety and Environmental 
Enforcement (BSEE) regulations, Federal Register notices and Notice to 
    (6) A USCG Perspective on Arctic Activities;
    (7) USCG Voluntary Operational Dynamic Positioning Guidelines;
    (8) USCG National Center of Expertise, Outer Continental Shelf 
(OCS) Inspections;
    (9) Updates on International Maritime Organization (IMO) activities 
of interest to the OCS community;
    (10) American Petroleum Institute's Center for Offshore Safety 
Strategic Plan and Future Activities;
    (11) Quality of USCG Inspections on the OCS/Overview of USCG's 
mission management system program;
    (12) Task Statement discussion of Standards for Accommodation 
Service Vessels;
    (13) Period for Public comment; and
    (14) Adjournment of meeting.
    A copy of each report is available at the https://www.fido.gov Web 
site or by contacting Scott Hartley. Use ``code 68'' to identify NOSAC 
when accessing this material through the Web site. Once you have 
accessed the Committee page, click on the meetings tab and then the 
``View'' button for the meeting dated November 8, 2012, to access the 
information for this meeting. Minutes will be available approximately 
30 days after this meeting. Both minutes and documents applicable for 
this meeting can also be found at an alternative site using the 
following web address: https://homeport.uscg.mil/NOSAC.
    A transcript of the meeting and any material presented at the 
meeting will be made available through the https://www.fido.gov Web 
    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 
    The committee will also receive tasking from CDR Rob Smith, 
Designated Federal Officer, on one proposed task statement: Standards 
for Accommodation Service Vessels. The committee will make 
recommendations to the U.S. Coast Guard concerning this task.

    Dated: October 11, 2012.
F.J. Sturm,
Acting Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards.
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