U.S. COAST GUARD

       MARINE SAFETY CENTER

               WASHINGTON, D.C.

 

 

 

                    Marine Safety Center Tank Vessel/Offshore Division

 

                                                            

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




Vessel and Cargo Branch (C1):

 

The Marine Safety Center's Vessel and Cargo Branch conducts plan review for certain vessels certificated under 46 CFR Subchapters D, I, L, and O.  The table below provides additional guidance on the Vessel and Cargo Branch responsibilities.


If you have any questions, please contact the Vessel and Cargo Branch Chief at (202) 795-6778.

Vessel Types

Type of Reviews Conducted

Tankships & Tank Barges (Sub-D &/or O)

Offshore Supply Vessels (Sub-L)

Industrial Vessels (Sub-I)

 

Structures

Stability

Structural Fire Protection

General Arrangements

Vapor Control Systems

Procedures & Arrangements Manual

Volatile Organic Compound Manual

Tankships & Tank Barges (Sub-D &/or O)

Cargo Authority Attachment

Oil Spill Response Vessels (Sub-D)

Oil Field Waste Barges (Sub-D)

Dredges (Sub-I)

Structures

Stability

Structural Fire Protection

General Arrangements

Vapor Control Systems

Foreign Gas Carriers (IGC Code)

Subchapter O Endorsement

Foreign Tank Vessels

Double Block & Bleed for Non-Nitrogen Inert Gas Systems


If a topic is not listed in the table above, then the issue is typically handled by another Branch at the MSC, or by Coast Guard Headquarters.

The following requests should be submitted to the Office of Design and Engineering Standards, Hazardous Materials Division (CG-ENG-5):

  • Facility Vapor Control System Approvals (contact CG_FAC as appropriate)

  • Requests for cargo carriage requirement determinations for cargoes not specifically listed in 46 CFR 30.25-1, Table 151.05, 153 Table 1, 153 Table 2, 154 Table 4, 33 CFR 151.47 or 33 CFR 151.49

  • Request for the carriage of packaged hazardous, flammable or combustible liquids

Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Branch (C2):

 

The Marine Safety Center's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Branch conducts plan review for OCS facilities, lifeboats, and portable accommodation modules. A general list of responsibilities include: 

 

Vessel Types

Type of Reviews Conducted

OCS Facilities

Structures

Stability

Structural Fire Protection

General Arrangements

In-Service Inspection Plans (ISIP)*

Marine Operations Manuals (MOM)*

Structural Integrity Management (SIM)*

Liftboats

 

Structures

Stability

Structural Fire Protection

General Arrangements

Operating Manuals*

Potable Accommodation Modules

Review of Module**

Review of Installation**

* Reviewed jointly with the Coast Guard Eighth District Outer Continental Shelf (OSC) Officer in Charge, Marine Inspections (OCMI), or the local OCMI in the case of Liftboat Operating Manuals
** Reviewed jointly with other MSC Divisions as appropriate and OCMI
 

If a topic is not listed in the table above, then the issue is typically handled by another Branch at the MSC, or by Coast Guard Headquarters. The OCS Branch also provides technical support to OCS OCMI and field units as appropriate. The MSC does not conduct reviews for determining Life Extensions within the offshore fleet. However, concerns relating to this or any other topic appropriate within the OCS community may be forwarded to MSC@uscg.mil as appropriate. 

 

If you have any questions please contact the OCS Branch chief at 202-795-6773.

Tank Vessel Offshore Division Helpful Documents:

Branch Review Type

Documents

C1

Subchapter O Endorsements 

SOE Checklist

CTVIS*

  Cargo Authority Tank Group Characteristics Form (TGCLF)

46 CFR 151 TGCLF

46 CFR 153 TGCLF

MARPOL Annex II (IBC Code) TGCLF

  Cargo Authority General Guidance Cargo Authority Attachment Techie Talk
Note: Please open in "Presentation Mode"
  Vapor Control Systems (VCS)

VCS Form

VCS Guidelines

VCS Categories

       C1/C2 Plan Review Guides (PRGs) for All Divisional Reviews "C1 and C2" Titled Quick Link

*Foreign flagged chemical carriers do not require a Subchapter O Endorsement from MSC. The requirements for foreign flagged chemical carriers operating in U.S. waters are detailed in the Chemical Tank Vessel Information Sheet (CTVIS).

 

Helpful Links:

Office of Design & Engineering Standards (CG-ENG)

Hazardous Materials Division (CG-ENG-5)

Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance (CG-CVC)

Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE)

Outer Continental Shelf National Center of Expertise (OCS NCOE)

Eighth District Outer Continental Shelf OCMI (D8 OCS OCMI)

Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

 

MSC Quick Links


 


 

Last Modified: 10/26/2017