Coast Guard bolsters inspection of foreign-flagged offshore drilling rigs

A Coast Guard summary of the plan says the new review of drilling units will “determine the risk they pose by examining accident history, past discrepancies, flag state performance and classification society performance to identify those vessels requiring additional oversight. Risk based targeting allows for more frequent examinations of the highest risk [Mobile Offshore Drilling Units] and efficient use of Coast Guard resources.”

The new system creates a “Safety and Environmental Protection Compliance Targeting Matrix.”

“This targeting matrix will enable the Coast Guard to rationally and systematically determine the probable risk posed by foreign flagged MODUs [Mobile Offshore Drilling Units] operating on the U.S. OCS by identifying foreign-flagged MODUs that may require increased oversight,” the Coast Guard states in a notice to be published in Thursday’s Federal Register.