WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Bureau of
Transportation Statistics (BTS) and the U.S. Department of the
Interior's Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)
today announced the expansion of reporting of ‘near misses’ on the
Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) through the SafeOCS program to now
include the confidential collection of equipment failure data in
an effort to further reduce the risk of offshore incidents.
Effective immediately, the offshore oil and gas industry will have the option to submit equipment failure reports for well control equipment, required under the Well Control Rule (30 CFR 250.730(c)), directly through SafeOCS. Effective Nov.7, industry will be required to submit reports for pollution prevention equipment, required under the Production Safety Systems Rule (30 CFR 250.803), through SafeOCS as the Chief’s designee. All reports submitted through SafeOCS are collected and analyzed by BTS and are protected from release under the Confidential Information Protection and Statistical Efficiency Act (CIPSEA).
"We are encouraging industry to quickly begin taking advantage of the SafeOCS expansion," said BSEE Director Brian Salerno. "Shared awareness of safety trends better equips us all to quickly focus on emerging issues and thereby drive down the risk of serious incidents."
In August 2013, BSEE and BTS signed an interagency agreement to develop and implement SafeOCS, as a voluntary program for confidential reporting of ‘near misses’ occurring on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Today’s expansion enables the SafeOCS system to be used to submit these required regulatory reports.
For notification forms, guidance, and additional information - or to submit reports, go to www.safeocs.gov.
The 2016 SafeOCS Annual Report, produced by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) of the U.S. Department of Transportation, presents, for the first time, insights into blowout prevention equipment (BOP) component failures reported for the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The report is an analytical product of the data and information collected from the BOP equipment component failure notifications mandated by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s (BSEE) Well Control Rule (WCR), which covers drilling and non-drilling well operations in three regions of the OCS: Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and Alaska.
In the report, data are organized and analyzed to illustrate patterns of BOP equipment component failures, operational impacts, failure causes, and possible data improvement opportunities. Special emphasis is placed on where component failures occurred (such as on surface or subsea BOP stacks), when component failure occurred (such as in-operation or out-of-operation), and which systems were affected (such as barriers and support systems).
Due to the reported data, the 2016 SafeOCS Annual Report covers only the reports for marine drilling rigs (platform, bottom-supported, and floating) in the Gulf of Mexico region from July 28, 2016 to December 31, 2016. The data presented in the report has been de-identified and aggregated to protect confidentiality.
The Well Control Rule (WCR) covers drilling and non-drilling operations in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), which includes three Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) Regions: the Gulf of Mexico, Pacific, and Alaska. In 2016, SafeOCS received equipment component failure notifications from one region: the Gulf of Mexico. This map illustrates the drilling and non-drilling activity locations for July 28th through December 31st, 2016. These locations are potential areas where failures could have occurred. Exact locations of reported equipment component failures are not disclosed in order to protect confidentiality.