Policy and Guidance - MOUs and MOAs

The U.S. Coast Guard has entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and Memorandums of Agreement (MOAs) with various federal agencies pertaining to the inspection, investigation and response activities on the Outer Continental Shelf.

New: MOUs and MOAs with the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) are listed in the following table, ordered by MOA number. Click on the MOA number to open the document. From the Coast Guard side, MOUs and MOAs are managed by the various offices as shown on the Index Document. The Coast Guard's main BSEE/USCG MOU/MOA page (also containing links to additional annual reports) is maintained by the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) and can be found here.

MOA Number  Date Issued Subject
MOU 27Nov2012 Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement - U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Coast Guard - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Index Living Document BSEE/USCG: Index of MOUs/MOAs (created in conjunction with the cancellation of MOA OCS-01)
MOA OCS-01 30Sep2004 MMS/USCG: Agency Responsibilities (CANCELLED 05Oct2016; included here for historical reference purposes only)
MOA OCS-02 10Jan2017 BSEE/USCG: Civil Penalties
MOA OCS-03 18Jan2017 BSEE/USCG: Oil Discharge Planning, Preparedness and Response
MOA OCS-04 28Jan2016 BSEE/USCG: Floating OCS Facilities
MOA OCS-05 18Jan2017 BSEE/USCG: Incident Notification & Investigations
MOA OCS-06 27Jul2011 BOEMRE/USCG: Offshore Renewable Energy Installations on the Outer Continental Shelf
MOA OCS-07 10Jan2017 BSEE/USCG: Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) and Safety Management Systems (SMS)
MOA OCS-08 04Jun2013 BSEE/USCG: Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs)
MOA OCS-09 19Sep2014 BSEE/USCG: Fixed OCS Facilities


New: MOUs with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are listed in the following table, ordered by date (newest to oldest). Click on the MOU date to open the document. The OSHA MOU page can be found here.

OSHA has an additional instruction, Directive No. CPL 02-01-047, that provides current policy, information and guidance with respect to OSHA authority over persons working on vessels and facilities on or adjacent to U.S. navigable waters and the Outer Continental Shelf. This instruction can be accessed by clicking on the directive number previously listed.

Date Issued Subject
04Mar1983 Memorandum of Understanding between the USCG and OSHA Concerning their Authority to Prescribe and Enforce Standards or Regulations affecting the Occupational Safety and Health of Seamen aboard Vessels Inspected and Certified by the USCG
19Dec1979 Memorandum of Understanding between the USCG and OSHA Concerning Occupational Safety and Health on Artificial Islands, Installations and Other Devices on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States