Description: Description: Platform Ellen (left) is a production platform connected by a walk-way to Platform Elly (right) which is a processing platform for both Ellen and Eureka in the Beta Unit.

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SEMS Resource Page


Offshore Facility
Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS)
Published Information





DOI Press Release – “Salazar Announces Regulations to Strengthen Drilling Safety, Reduce Risk of Human Error on Offshore Oil and Gas Operations”


BOEMRE Fact Sheet – “THE DRILLING SAFETY RULE - An Interim Final Rule to Enhance Safety Measures for Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf”


BOEMRE Fact Sheet – “THE WORKPLACE SAFETY RULE - On Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS)”


Bromwich, "Report Regarding the Current Suspension of Certain Offshore Permitting and Drilling Activities on the Outer Continental Shelf"


DOI Press Release – Decision to Resume Deepwater Drilling – “Deepwater Drilling May Resume for Operators Who Clear Higher Bar for Safety, Environmental Protection”


Fact Sheet: Enhanced Requirements to Resume Deepwater Drilling Activities


30 CFR Part 250 – “Oil and Gas and Sulphur Operations in the Outer Continental Shelf – Safety and Environmental Management Systems; Final Rule.” – Rule becomes effective on November 15, 2010, with a SEMS Program in effect by November 15, 2011.  The first Performance Measures Data (Form MMS-131) is due on March 31, 2011.  This applies “to all OCS oil and gas and sulphur operations and the facilities under BOEMRE jurisdiction including drilling, production, construction, well workover, well completion, well servicing, and DOI pipeline activities.”


“BOEMRE Provides Additional Clarity for Certain Activities Suspended under the Deepwater Moratorium” (Issues Notice to 13 Companies)


“Salazar, Bromwich Announce Next Steps in Overhaul of Offshore Energy Oversight and Management” – Formation of BSEE, BOEM, and OESAC.


“BOEMRE to Hold Public Workshop on Offshore Energy Regulations” – Announcement of public workshop on March 15, 2011 from 09:00-13:00 in New Orleans.


Other SEMS Resources


API Publications

Please note the API has posted online approximately 160 standards that are safety-related or have been incorporated into federal regulation.  This includes API RP 75 and the 14 series.  Please gain access to these on-line documents via


API Recommended Practice 14C, Seventh Edition – “Analysis, Design, Installation, and Testing of Basic Surface Safety Systems for Offshore Production Platforms” – Source


API Recommended Practice 14J, Second Edition – “Design and Hazards Analysis for Offshore Production Facilities” – Source


API Recommended Practice 75, Third Edition – “Recommended Practice for Development of a Safety and Environmental Management Program for Offshore Operations and Facilities" – Source


API Recommended Practice 14B, Fifth Edition – “Design, Installation, Repair and Operation of Subsurface Safety Valve Systems” – Source





Other Web References & Resources

·         Risk Management Professionals Offshore Facility SEMS Webinar Series

·         Sutton Technical Books SEMS Page

·         Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulations, and Enforcement Website –


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