EnVen Achieves COS SEMS Certificate
Offshore energy developer EnVen Energy Corporation has received a Center for Offshore Safety (COS) Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) certificate demonstrating their commitment to the highest standards for safety and environmental protection.
“EnVen really went above and beyond the regulatory requirements to demonstrate responsible operations in the Gulf of Mexico. COS and the industry celebrate their commitment and achievement in effectively implementing SEMS and having their corrective action plan verified by an independent third party,” said COS Director Russell Holmes.
The certificate was signed and presented to EnVen during an annual Safe Operations Workshop, in which many of the company’s management and offshore workforce were in attendance.
“I’m proud to accept this SEMS certificate on behalf of EnVen’s offshore workforce who work every day to produce energy safely and responsibly,” said EnVen’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager, John C. Poole.
EnVen joins 19 other companies with operations in the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf that have obtained a COS SEMS certificate. While the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) requires offshore operators to have a SEMS based on API Recommended Practice 75 and have it audited, the distinguishing characteristic for obtaining a COS SEMS certificate is having a COS-accredited Audit Service Provider (ASP) confirm completion of corrective actions.
CICS Americas, the ASP that conducted the audit and confirmed completion of corrective action, is one of only five companies accredited by COS to conduct SEMS audits. CICS CEO Kurt Teuscher said “EnVen has set a great example for other operators to follow.”
For more than a decade, the American Petroleum Institute’s COS has promoted continual safety improvement for offshore exploration and production through leadership, effective SEMS implementation, and collecting safety and incident data to support the continuous improvement of SEMS.
The work of COS is based on API RP 75, Safety and Environmental Management System for Offshore Operations and Assets, which provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continually improving SEMS for offshore natural gas and oil operations. More information about COS, SEMS, API RP 75 and SEMS Certificates can be found on the COS website.