NAO 209-115: NOAA Employees Aboard Non-NOAA Vessels

Issued 06/10/91; Effective 05/29/91; Reviewed Last: Under revision as of 10/6/2016

SECTION 1. PURPOSE.

This Order provides guidance for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) managers to ensure the safety of NOAA employees aboard non-NOAA vessels. A non-NOAA vessel is any vessel not owned, operated, or chartered by NOAA.

SECTION 2. GENERAL.

Safety is promoted by the vessel's seaworthiness, operating methods, the vessel operator's skills and experience, and compliance with supervising authorities. Listed below are vessels considered as being operated and maintained in a seaworthy manner:

SECTION 3. RESPONSIBILITIES.

.01 Program Managers have the responsibility for preparing a safety plan for employees working on non-NOAA vessels. The safety plan should include:

SECTION 4. PROCEDURES.

.01 A Program Manager's or Chief Scientist's cruise plan should be developed for non-NOAA vessels operating overnight or in remote areas. Each cruise plan is forwarded to the appropriate monitoring NOAA employee ashore. It can also be used as guidance to NOAA participating employees.

.02 The recommendations listed below should be considered when developing a cruise plan:

SECTION 5. EFFECT ON OTHER ISSUANCES.

This Order supersedes NOAA Directives Manual (NDM) 17-15, dated August 22, 1980.

SIGNED,

William Broglie
Acting Director, Offfice of Administration

Office of Primary Interest:
Office of NOAA Corps Operations
Resource Management Staff (NCx4)