The Specific Roles and Responsibilities of Owners and Operators of Regulated Maritime Transportation Security Act for 33 CFR Part 106 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Facilities


What are the specific duties and responsibilities of MTSA 33 CFR Part 106 Facility Owners and Operators?

33 CFR Part 106 Subpart B – OCS Facility Security Requirements, outlines and describes the roles and responsibilities of owners and operators of 33 CFR Part 106 Facilities. 

As mentioned in the previous blogs, the absolute responsibility for a regulated facility’s security management regime starts and ends with the owners and operators.  While 33 CFR Parts 106 Subparts B, C and D sections are most familiar to Company Security Officers (CSO) and OCS Facility Security Officers (FSO), Subpart B – OCS Facility Security Requirements, identifies more specific requirements that owners and operators are responsible for.  Subpart B also addresses the knowledge, training and experience requirements for CSOs, OCS FSOs, Company or Facility Personnel with Security Duties and All Other persons who work at the facility.  For this final blog focusing on owners & operators, we remain focused on owners and operators of 33 CFR Part 106 Facilities and the specific roles and responsibilities of owners and operators are listed below:

  • Each OCS facility owner or operator must ensure that the OCS facility operates in compliance with the requirements of Subpart B.
  • For each OCS facility, the OCS facility owner or operator must:
    1. Define the security organizational structure for each OCS facility and provide each person exercising security duties or responsibilities within that structure the support needed to fulfill those obligations;
    2. Designate in writing, by name or title, a CSO and an FSO for each OCS facility and identify how those officers can be contacted at any time;
    3. Ensure that a Facility Security Assessment (FSA) is conducted;
    4. Ensure the development and submission for approval of a Facility Security Plan (FSP);
    5. Ensure that the OCS facility operates in compliance with the approved FSP;
    6. Ensure that the TWIC program is properly implemented as set forth in this part, including:
      • Ensuring that only individuals who hold a TWIC and are authorized to be in the secure area are permitted to escort; and
      • Identifying what action is to be taken by an escort, or other authorized individual, should individuals under escort engage in activities other than those for which escorted access was granted.
    7. Ensure that adequate coordination of security issues takes place be- tween OCS facilities and vessels, including the execution of a Declaration of Security (DoS) as required by Subpart B;
    8. Ensure, within 12 hours of notification of an increase in MARSEC Level, implementation of the additional security measures required by the FSP for the new MARSEC Level;
    9. Ensure all breaches of security and security incidents are reported in accordance with part 101 of this sub- chapter;
    10. Ensure consistency between security requirements and safety requirements;
    11. Inform OCS facility personnel of their responsibility to apply for and maintain a TWIC, including the dead- lines and methods for such applications, and of their obligation to inform TSA of any event that would render them ineligible for a TWIC, or which would invalidate their existing TWIC;
    12. Ensure that protocols consistent with 106.260(c) of Subpart B, for dealing with individuals requiring access who report a lost, damaged, or stolen TWIC, or who have applied for and not yet received a TWIC, are in place; and
    13. If applicable, ensure that proto- cols consistent with 106.262 of Subpart B part, for dealing with newly hired employees who have applied for and not yet received a TWIC, are in place.

CSOs and FSOs of CFR Parts 105 & 106, knowing the roles and responsibilities of your owners and operators will help you help them, especially when new persons come on board your facilities in leadership or management roles of your maritime security regime and have no prior experience with MTSA requirements.  Remember any violation issued by U.S. Coast Guard security compliance inspectors is permanently recorded in a database that is shared across the Coast Guard.

Owners and operators, security directors and managers, to ensure your plan renewals and announced and unannounced U.S. Coast Guard compliance inspections will pass training standards, register yourself, CSOs, FSOs and Alternates to attend a U.S. Coast Guard approved Seebald & Associates CSO/FSO training course.  To view a list of current and upcoming courses and for more information on how to register for a course visit