Office of Operating and Environmental Standards


Meet the Office Chief:

Captain Jerry Butwid: Biography


To develop and maintain maritime industry operating and environmental standards, regulations, and industry guidance to prevent deaths, injuries, property damage, and environmental harm by engaging all stakeholders, federal advisory committees, and international committees. 

CG-OES develops standards regulating maritime industry through international treaties and U.S. statutes, regulations, and policy. As part of the Commercial Regulations and Standards Directorate (CG-5PS), the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards plays a large role in accomplishing objectives supporting the vision and mission of the Coast Guard. 


CG-OES is comprised of two divisions with well-defined areas of responsibility: 

CG-OES Policy Letters:

  • CG-OES Policy Letter 13-01 Rev 2, "Extension of Implementation Schedule for Approved Ballast Water Management Methods" 
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 12-01, "Guidelines for determining that foreign type-approved BWMS qualify as an Alternate Management System" 
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 01-15, "Guidelines for LNG Fuel Transfer Operations and Training of Personnel On Vessels Using Natural Gas as Fuel 
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 02-15, "Guidance Related to Vessels and Waterfront Facilities Conducting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Marine Fuel Transfer (Bunkering) Operations"
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 01-17, "Guidance for Evaluating Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) During Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Fuel Transfer Operations"
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 02-19, "Clarification on Water Volumes and Flow Rates for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) Testing"
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 01-20, "Use of Multiple Independent Laboratories (ILs) to Conduct Type Approval Testing of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS)"
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 02-20,"Commercial Diving Operations- Equivalent Levels of Safety"
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 03-20, "Guidance on Testing Alternate Components for a Type Approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS)"
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 01-22, "Determination of Whether a Floating Outer Continental Shelf Facility (FOF) is a Vessel"
  • CG-OES Policy Letter 02-23, "Guidelines on the Format of Continuous Examination Programs for Containers in the United States"

Maritime Commons Blog

Coast Guard Maritime Commons is produced by the Coast Guard Headquarters Social Media Team with help from public affairs professionals throughout the Service and the occasional post by our senior leaders (including the Commandant of the Coast Guard).  You can get updates on the various programs managed by OES by clicking on the below link:

Contact the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES):

Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES)
U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE STOP 7509
Washington, D.C. 20593-7509