The US Coast Guard (USCG) has completed an in-depth review of the regulations under the US Outer Continental Lands Act and which relate to the acceptance of plan reviews and inspection of floating offshore installations/facilities by selected classification societies. Following this thorough review, the USCG has announced that it will now accept plan reviews and inspections under Subchapter N of Title 33 CFR by DNV.
DNV is already authorized by USCG to carry out approvals and surveys of US-flagged ships and Mobile Offshore Units (MOUs) under the Alternative Compliance Program (ACP).
"Previously however, we have not had access to this work for floating offshore installations, even for DNV-classed units. The latest acceptance of DNV, which now includes Tension Leg Platforms, Spars, Production SEMIs, FPSOs and floating drilling units, is based upon many factors, including our experience and technical competence," said Remi Eriksen, the COO of DNV Energy.
"DNV will bring new resources and capabilities to this very demanding market, ultimately enhancing the safety and quality of offshore structures, as well as reducing delays and costs," added Eriksen.
"This additional authorization also signifies further recognition of our ability to help USCG to achieve safe and efficient design, construction and operation of the full range of shipping and offshore units," said Carl Arne Carlsen, head of DNV Offshore Classification.
DNV said that operators will now have a choice regarding which Certifying Entity to use. "This will lead to improved quality due to competition, better responsiveness and cost-efficiency. It also allows USCG to tailor its involvement depending on the complexity of the design and confidence of the Certifying Entity," said Carlsen.
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