New Standard Supports Safety of Offshore Crews



ASTM International’s committee on ships and marine technology (F25) has approved the first standard for vessels designed to accommodate construction crews working on offshore projects. The new standard aims to address the wide range of quality and safety of such vessels. 

“Developing offshore energy and putting new assets into service requires accommodating many construction workers in the hostile and remote ocean environment,” says ASTM International member Charles Rawson, a naval architect with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards. “We want to make sure that workers receive reasonable protection from the hazard-filled environment in which they labor.”

The standard will soon be published as: Guide for Design, Construction and Operation of Vessels Providing Accommodation Service to Offshore Installations (F3257). 

The guide will help those who build and operate ships to communicate features about crew safety and environmental protection, according to Rawson. At the same time, regulatory bodies could use demonstrations of compliance to the standard as evidence that a vessel is appropriate for its intended use and fit for service.

Rawson invites ship designers, builders, and operators who use the new standard to contact the committee with suggestions for future revisions.

To purchase standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (tel +1.877.909.ASTM; sales@astm.org). ASTM welcomes participation in the development of its standards. Become a member at www.astm.org/JOIN.

ASTM Committee F25 on Ships and Marine Technology Next Meeting: June 14-15, 2017, June Committee Week, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Technical Contact: Charles Rawson, Office of Design and Engineering Standards, U.S. Coast Guard, Washington, D.C., tel +1.202.372.1390  
ASTM Staff Contact: Robert Morgan, tel +1.610.832.9732  

Industry Sectors: 
Transportation
Issue Month: 
July/August
Issue Year: 
2017