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DNV GL outlines regulations for floaters in U.S. waters.

In the first comprehensive overview of its kind, classification society DNV GL has mapped out what is necessary to be in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) requirements to operate FOIs, FSOs and FPSOs in U.S. waters.

The document called "Verification for Compliance with United States Regulations on the Outer Continental Shelf," followed USCG's policy letter last year, accepting approval plans and inspections from the class societies DNV GL, Lloyd's Register and ABS as the basis of USCG approval.

However, differences in the accepted rules and standards, and the subsequent variety in the complementing requirements from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) led to uncertainties among operators, both about requirements and final approvals.

"This removes the uncertainty factor and by including all the relevant information in a single document, it is a clear path for compliance," said DNV GL's Vice President Paal Johansen. "The roadmap is an example of how we act as a bridge between the industry and the regulators."

FOIs, FSOs and FPSOs in compliance with the document will be given an U.S. class notation indicating compliance with both the DNV class standards and the additional USCG requirements.

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Title Annotation:Offshore
Comment:DNV GL outlines regulations for floaters in U.S. waters.(Offshore)
Publication:Pipeline & Gas Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2014
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