MERIDIAN.US RECEIVES VETERAN INSTITUTE FOR PROCUREMENT GROW CERTIFICATION
By Jonathan McConnell, Meridian.us President
I was honored to attend CERA Week from March 5-9th as a Future Energy Leader. It has led to some incredibly unique experiences and great dialogue with leaders from BP, Halliburton, Emerson, and numerous others.
CERA Week by IHS Markit’s annual symposium has become the world’s premier energy event where industry leaders gather to learn “critical knowledge and independent analysis on energy markets, geopolitics, industry trends, technology and strategy.”
I can’t sum up all the content in one post and to even attempt it would do no justice to the immense amount of incredible information I’ve gathered this week in Houston. But here are a few key takeaways:
Don’t view globalization as a threat, but as an opportunity.
2. Find ways to succeed in adverse conditions
The Oil & Gas industry used a downturn in the market to become more efficient and to persevere despite tough economic conditions, finding ways to make oil sustainable at $50 a barrel as opposed to $100 a barrel.
Poor market conditions create opportunity to create efficiency.
3. Workforce Development
If the U.S. wants to continue to grow, we must continue to develop our workforce. Not everyone needs to go to college. Skilled labor is a must and encouraging trade schools and appropriate immigration balance is key.
Lastly, a company is going to follow the personality of its leadership. Invest in people. Put family and health first. Never be afraid to change your mind. Be humble and never stop learning. Putting people at the center of your operation will lead to better outcomes, both for your employees and your clients.
Meridian is already a leader in providing customized, scalable security services to energy companies around the world. As the global energy market changes and evolves, so will we. We specialize in transoceanic energy transportation security and LNG physical site security, as well as cyber security and natural disaster response.
- Conduct audits of a TSMS, and the vessels to which the TSMS applies, to verify compliance with the applicable provisions of Subchapter M;
- Issue TSMS certificates to the owner or managing operator who complies with 46 CFR Part 138;
- Conduct surveys of towing vessels to verify compliance with the applicable provisions of 46 CFR Subchapter M; and
- Issue survey reports detailing the results of surveys, carried out in compliance with 46 CFR Part 137.
Towing Vessel Safety Management System
January 3, 2018 – On June 20, 2016, the Coast Guard published Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Subchapter M – Towing Vessels. In complying with the new regulations, owners and managing operators have two options: (1) Towing Safety Management System (TSMS) Option, and (2) Coast Guard Option.
Regardless of which option an owner or operator chooses, Meridian is ready to assist with readiness assessment and compliance preparation. We can support the following activities:
- TSMS Development and Implementation
- Internal Audits
- Vessel Survey
- Incident Investigation
- Management Review Support
- Designated Person
To order, please contact (808) 282-4981 or email@example.com
Meridian.us Announces New Security officer (CSO-VSO-FSO) training Course
This 2-day course is designed to support qualifications of:
- Company Security Officer
- Vessel Security Officer
- Facility Security Officer
It meets the requirements of:
- Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Chapter I Subchapter H
- International Ship and Port Facility Security Code
- International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers
- Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010
The course is taught by former senior regulators and industry security personnel.
- Maritime Security Awareness
- Security Organization
- Risk Based Decision-Making
- Risk Assessment (vessel / facility)
- Security Plan Development
(vessel / facility)
- Sensitive Security Information
- Amendments and Audits
- Drill and Exercise Requirements
- Recordkeeping Requirements
- Inspections and Searches
- Response Management
For more information or to schedule training, please contact Zac Schlarb at 904-638-1353 or firstname.lastname@example.org..
Launching in January, the State Department will update how its travel advisories are issued and ranked for every country in the world to “provide U.S. citizens with relevant safety and security information.”
According to the announcement from the State Department: “Travel advisories will give advice to U.S. citizens by following a four-level classification system and providing clear actions to take. So the level one is to “exercise normal precautions;” level two would be “exercise increased caution;” level three would be “reconsider travel;” and level four would be “do not travel.””
Meridian offers travel advisory and logistics services. As Meridian is a global scale risk mitigation specialist, travel is a large part of our operations.
Meridian operators travel to “any clime and place,” just like the U.S. Marine veterans we employ. Since Meridian travels often and has learned to make our arrangements at a moment’s notice, we have decided to open up our contracted travel rates, savings and services to our clients.
Your company can pre-submit employees and personnel as well as travel documents to use the Meridian Travel Account. They can then submit an email of who will be traveling, when and where they would need to they need to depart and/or arrive. We will then respond with options that work. The travel will then be billed to the business.
Meridian can offer Marine and Offshore airfares and has access to air, ground, sea, and agent services. Meridian will get your business there fast for less.
Further, we have the ability to offer Safety and Security reviews of your travel itinerary, giving a comprehensive look into any security or logistics concerns while you travel in the United States and abroad.
For more information on Meridian’s travel services Contact Us.
In November Meridian operators gathered in Louisiana for our annual training and firearms certification.
In 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard conducted at least one inspection on 103 unique Floating Production Systems (FPS’) and Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) that operated on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). Additionally, 49 fixed platform inspections were performed.
These inspections resulted in 222 deficiencies being written on FPS’ and MODUs and 100 deficiencies on fixed platforms. Fourteen OCS units (8 MODUs, 5 FPSs and 1 platform) received an operational control action as a result of a top-level deficiency being discovered.
Deficiency category breakdown is shown by the diagrams below.