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Popular resources on this site:

○  Drill Down articles are available in pdf AND web formats. See more on the Drill Down page.

○  D8 OCS OCMI Marine Safety Information Bulletins

○  Offshore Renewable Energy and Wind Support Vessels ("101-type" information) pages.

○  Introduction to Offshore Supply Vessels information: OSV Regulatory History and Overview of the Types of OSVs

○  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 (see tabs on the linked page)

○  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

Photos (clockwise from top left): CG Petroleum Engineer (LT Kyle Carter) giving training to CG Marine Inspectors on a Hercules Jack-Up MODU; Edison Chouest OSV; MODU SEVAN LOUISIANA underway in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico; Dockside COC Exam of the SPARTAN 151 in Seward, Alaska; Block Island Windfarm operations; Platform GINA (offshore California).

Recently added or updated resources on this site:

○  New - November 10, 2021: U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert 08-21 addressing a specific fabricator of wire rope assemblies. See related Safety Alert 04-21 for general information on verification of wire rope terminations (regardless of fabricators or component manufacturers). Related presentation to the American Petroleum Institute webinar audience on 10Nov2021 can be viewed here. See also our Safety Alert page for additional safety alerts and a link to the official U.S. Coast Guard Safety Alert and Lessons Learned page.

○  Recent - October 7, 2021: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) related to Emergency Evacuation Plan (EEP) drills and exercises. The FAQs can be found on the General FAQs page or on the FAQs pages for MODUs, fixed platforms or floating OCS facilities.

○  Recent - October 6, 2021: Drill Down Issue #20, The MODU Codes explores the three IMO MODU Codes, their purpose and their amendments.

○  Recent - August 16, 2021: D8 OCS MSIB 21-03, Reporting Requirements and Mooring Arrangements for MODUs and Vessels Completing OCS Activities Intending to Cold Stack. This and additional D8 OCS MSIBs are available of the D8 OCS MSIB page.

○  Recent - August 10, 2021: CG-ENG Policy Letter 03-21, Acceptance of Helicopter Safety Advisory Committee (HSAC) recommended practice (RP) 161. The policy is accessible through the National Policy tabs of the Policy and Guidance pages for MODUs, Floating OCS Facilities and Support Vessels.

About Us

The Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCSNCOE) is based 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 reports to the Chief of the Traveling Inspection Staff (CG-5P-TI) and 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. Doug Simpson, 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. Please note that 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)
LCDR 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 -