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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This section answers commonly asked questions for units or vessels that are conducting an OCS activity. FAQs are categorized and can be viewed by clicking on the following links:

General (overarching policy or requirements that apply to any OCS activity, regardless of the unit or vessel type; e.g. PPE)
Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU)

Floating OCS Faciliy (FOF)
Fixed Platform
Support Vessel (OSV, Crew Boat, etc.)

Answers in this FAQ section are not a substitute for applicable legal requirements, nor are they rules (however, some questions may have an answer that comes directly from existing regulation or policy). The answers are not intended to require or impose legally binding requirements on any party. Answers provided represent the OCSNCOE’s current thinking, after researching existing regulations and policy, as well as consultation with Coast Guard Subject Matter Experts. These answers are intended to assist industry, mariners, the public, the Coast Guard and other regulators in applying statutory and regulatory requirements. When available, the FAQ will direct the reader to the official documents, such as the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations or NVICs and policies. The answers provided are subject to change with regulatory or policy updates.