SMART4SEA Conference & Awards
2018
Learn More
SMART4SEA Conference & Awards
2018
Learn More

USCG: How OSV evolved throughout the years

osv evolution
Above image is used for illustration purposes only

The Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) was created in order to support the offshore oil and gas industry on the Outer Continental Shelf of the United States. It was originated in the Gulf of Mexico and operates worldwide. USCG has issued a bulletin to outlines the evolution of this vessel type. 

OSV is a vessel that regularly carries goods, supplies, or equipment in support of exploration, exploitation, or production of offshore mineral and energy resources

Before the introduction of OSV, vessels of all types were used to support of the offshore oil and gas industry.

Nowadays, OSVs are relatively large, highly capable and technologically advanced vessels that conduct various operations, due to industry’s further proceeding into offshore and deeper water.

OSVs have evolved through three different events in time, USCG mentions:

  • Public Law 96-378 – October 6, 1980
  • 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Subchapter L – March 15, 1996
  • Multiple Service Certification – July 5, 2001

Firstly, before Public Law 96-378 formally recognized OSVs, various vessel types were utilized in the offshore oil and gas industry for the purposes of transporting supplies offshore as most of the work was found relatively close to shore.

Secondly, with the appearance of post-46 CFR, Subchapter L vessels over time the size, complexity, and capability of OSVs increased to meet the needs of the offshore oil and gas industry, including larger deck and liquid cargo capacities, specialization, and “purpose” built vessels. 

Finally, the Eighth Coast Guard District, responsible for regulating Outer Continental Shelf Activities in the Gulf of Mexico, published a letter dated July 5, 2001 (Multiple Service Certification) establishing the policy for certificating vessels for both OSV service under Subchapter L and another service under Subchapter I (Cargo and Miscellaneous Vessels), allowing Multiple Service Certification OSVs to engage in work beyond just the offshore oil and gas industry. 

To see the full report about the history of OSVs, click below

Related Posts


Share on Facebook0Tweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+0Share on LinkedIn3

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Explore Our Group Sites:

x

Check Also

cma cgm serenity

CMA CGM to address freight transport concerns

"Cargo Value SERENITY" permits a quick compensation for businesses whose goods have been damaged or lost during transport for any reason, including natural disasters. This product is part of CMA CGM's new services plan and will be available worldwide.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this. By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies.more information

Close