Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE)


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Recently added and popular resources on this site:

○  D8(ocs) Policy Letter 01-2020, Emergency Evacuation Drill on Manned Facilities with Lifeboats (cancels D8(ocs) PL 04-2016)

○  Introduction to Dynamic Positioning (DP) Systems

○  Frequently Asked Questions

○  33 CFR Subchapter N Federal Register reference document

○  Job Aids (similar to the legacy CG-840 books) for Floating OCS Facilities, Fixed Platforms, Mobile Offshore Drilling Units and Offshore Supply Vessels

○  OSV reference books and 'old' CFRs

○  Policy letters and NVICs applicable to the OCS, categorized by unit/vessel type

○  Memorandums of Understanding and Memorandums of Agreement with other federal agencies and industry partners

○  OCS Inspections Organization Chart

The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE) is currently located in Houma, LA and is the repository of Coast Guard expertise and best practices on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) activities. Like other NCOEs, the OCSNCOE is focused on raising the competency, capabilities and consistency of Coast Guard inspection/examination and oversight in our area of focus - OCS activities and the various types of units and vessels that conduct and support those activities.

The OCSNCOE is poised to provide training and mission support to the Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) and the offshore industry (drilling, production and support vessels). These responsibilities are carried out by regular communication and interaction with industry groups and operators, Coast Guard inspectors/investigators at units involved with OCS-related activities, Coast Guard Headquarters offices and the Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM).

Our unit consists of 6 members (3 active duty and 3 civilian) that are further discussed on the Staff page of this site. We are supported by a civilian Training Specialist, Mr. Mark Gandolfo, who is a detached-duty member of the CG-5P-TI Training Support Staff (tss) located at Training Center Yorktown. He works with the OCSNCOE on all training/workforce development related products.

Contact Information

Address: Telephone: Group email:
425 Lafayette St, Ste 126
Houma, LA 70360-4800
(985) 850-6465
(goes to all members)


Click on the member's name below for an e-mail to that member. Due to recent office relocation, members do not have direct phone lines/extensions. Please use the office phone number listed above for contact via telephone.

LCDR Andrew Czarniak Detachment Chief (202) 427-2778(c)
LT Kenn Yuen National Technical Advisor -
LT Vince Carreon Technical Advisor -
Mr. Eric Verdin Technical Advisor -
Mr. Gene Sykes Technical Advisor -
Mr. Harley Bates Technical Advisor -