This letter is out for comment in the Federal Register. [ATTACH]1478[/ATTACH]
I think the most significant part will be if the USCG adopts the language considering DP vessels as Underway and no longer ‘On Location.’ This would influence mariner manning levels within companies operating in the GoM that don’t keep a full compliment of licensed mariners onboard. It would also require Masters to hold DP operator certificates which hasn’t been a requirement before and leaves a loophole for companies to hire non-DP background Masters to oversee DP vessels. The inspection criteria will just be another person witnessing what client audit teams and ABS/DNV already want to see.
You can view the Federal Register docket and comment here. Comments are due by 30 January 2012.