The Clean Gulf Associates (CGA) Operational Training Program is designed to ensure compliance with the training
requirements set forth by the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) in 30 CFR 254, as well as to
ensure alignment with CGA operational training standards and objectives.It establishes procedures to:

  1. Provide support to CGA member companies in the completion of annual Qualified Individual (QI) and Spill
    Management Team (SMT) equipment familiarization training.
  2. Participate in annual drills and exercises, both announced and unannounced, of all CGA members to the
    level requested.
  3. Train, qualify, and maintain a competent, integrated, Spill Response Operating Team (SROT) comprised of
    CGA as primary, T&T Marine as secondary, and outside Oil Spill Removal Organizations (OSRO) as
    support personnel capable of deploying Clean Gulf equipment.
  1. Extend the primary SROT training program to include a Personnel Qualification Standard (PQS) program to
    qualify and document operator level capability.
  2. Maintain a Preferred Response Organizations (PROs) program comprised of vetted third party OSRO
    contractors and provide them the opportunity to train as an equal part of the CGA SROT. The intent is to
    establish a support network for extended response operations.
  3. Provide notification to BSEE of training IAW 30 CFR 254.42.

Synergistic Training Effect

The CGA operational training program is centered on the belief that training takes place continually in
events and activities not always intended as training functions. In addition, training events can be used to
meet additional compliance requirements and operational needs.

  1. Promotes the training and qualification of all SROT members.
  2. Finds ways to accomplish operational goals while at the same time training (such as bringing PROs on
    required maintenance runs for familiarity training).
  3. Desires the participation and input from the entire response community (including regulators)
  4. Seeks opportunities to use the training program to benefit the response community (such as conducting
    GRP booming deployments and evaluation as part of the ACP planning process).
  5. Continually seeks improvement!

Mark Mathews – Training & Compliance Manager, Houston, Texas –

Rob Cannon – Training Coordinator, Houston, Texas –

Brett Curole -Safety Manager, Harvey, Louisiana –