MEETINGS: The association meets four times a year for a one-day meeting, allowing members to come together and discuss the issues that affect them. There is no cost for OMSA members to attend the meetings; however, there is a nominal fee to attend the cocktail reception portion.
COMMITTEES: OMSA has a number of active committees addressing issues affecting safety, security, human resources and vessel operations. This is where members shape the positions that OMSA will take on critical issues.
NEWS UPDATES: Through newsletters and email alerts, OMSA keeps members up-to-date on pending laws, regulations, deadlines for compliance with new or revised regulations, and other news that affect the industry.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS WEBSITE: The OMSA website gives members exclusive access to interactive company profiles and an online industry community. The site also serves as an electronic marketplace to help companies advertise their services, find vendors and even place requests for quotes.
SOCIAL EVENTS: Each year, OMSA holds a number of events, including; golf tournaments, a fishing rodeo, meeting receptions and a Christmas celebration. These events are designed to give members a chance to build personal and business relationships and reinforce the OMSA culture.
ADVOCACY: OMSA represents the interests of its members before Congress, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Agencies, State Governments and International Bodies.
JONES ACT Compliance
OMSA VESSEL SECURITY PROGRAM: OMSA has partnered with The Response Group to develop a series of Coast Guard-approved and internationally compliant vessel security plans. OMSA/The Response Group also provides annual drills, audit assistance and crew security training to meet the regulatory requirements of the security plans.
OMSA SAFETY TRAINING PROGRAM: OMSA offers a safety training program for company vessel crewmembers. In 2005, the OMSA program was accepted as meeting the requirements of the SafeGulf program, an offshore operator safety orientation program which is now required by many oil and gas production companies. The program focuses on maritime-related safety and was developed through the expertise of OMSA's Safety Committee. Member companies have the option of using in-house training or sending crewmembers to an accredited training institution.
VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT (VGP) MANUAL: OMSA offers a "best practices" manual for use by vessel operators to comply with the 2013 EPA requirements for management and reporting of discharges incidental to the normal operations of commercial vessels under the Vessel General Permit program. This manual is very helpful in easing the burden of compliance with this permit.
USCG-APPROVED TRAINING PROGRAM FOR MARINER OSV CREDENTIALS: This program is limited to mariners with sea service before 24 March 2014 by the recent STCW changes.
STAFF ASSISTANCE: The OMSA staff are here to assist you with your needs, including asking regulators questions on your behalf and assistance with or review of appeals of incorrect USCG decisions.