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Marine & Energy News Alert: U.S. Coast Guard Publishes Recommended Guidelines for Fire and Explosion Prevention on MODUs and Manned Fixed and Floating Offshore Facilities

May 05, 2014

On May 2, 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard published its notice of recommended interim voluntary guidelines concerning fire and explosion analyses for mobile offshore drilling units (“MODUs”) and manned fixed and floating offshore facilities engaged in activities on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf. These guidelines are in direct response to the BP Macondo Well explosion that caused the fire and sinking of Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.

Currently, U.S. Outer Continental Shelf regulations contained in Title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations do not require a fire and explosion analysis, and Section 9 of the 2009 IMO MODU Code contains only some recommendations as to fire and explosion risk analysis. The Coast Guard believes these guidelines will help to implement uniformly the 2009 MODU Code and address recommendations contained in the BP Macondo Joint Investigation Report so as to yield significant safety improvements. 

Visit the Federal Register to read the U.S. Coast Guard’s recommended interim voluntary guidelines.