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Marine Operations

Marine Operations Environmental Compliance (MOECO)

NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada alongside concrete pier encased in a bright yellow boom on a sunny day
Michael Levine, Chief Operations Officer, MOCP
NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada boomed at Marine Operations Center – Pacific in preparation for fueling operations.

Who We Are

The Marine Operations (MO) Environmental Compliance Office (ECO) works to reduce the environmental impact of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) fleet. MO ECO consists of three individuals: an Environmental Compliance Specialist, a Fleet Environmental Support Manager, and an Environmental Program Support contractor. It is managed under the Chief of the Safety, Training, and Environmental Management Division.

What We Do

The Marine Operations Environmental Compliance Office (MO ECO) is responsible for reducing the environmental impacts of the NOAA fleet by maintaining and promoting procedures regarding environmental compliance, providing training for environmental regulations, and advocating for new technology to minimize ships’ environmental impact.

MO ECO provides specialized support and training for vessel crew and the Shipboard Environmental Compliance Officers (Shipboard ECOs). In addition to their regular duties, Shipboard ECOs are the environmental experts for their ship; they receive advanced training on requirements and best practices for environmental compliance. Each ship has at least on Shipboard ECO that is supported by MO ECO from the office and via underway support trips.

How We Do It

Marine Operations utilizes an Environmental Management System (EMS) to ensure the fleet and facilities continually reduce their environmental impacts by following the organizations environmental procedures and maritime regulations (USCG/IMO/EPA). The EMS is a framework for managing environmental risks and ensuring continual improvement. It uses a Plan/Do/Check/Act cycle. Learn more information about the Environmental Management System.


The Marine Operations Environmental Compliance Office communicates legal and other requirements to the field via training programs. The following opportunities are available to NOAA personnel. For more detailed information please continue to the MO ECO section on the OMAO Intranet. (NOAA login and password required.)

ECO Workshop

ECO Workshop presents tools and procedures for Shipboard ECOs to reference when underway. It captures the expertise of previous ECOs to guide new Junior Officers and Wage Mariners in their environmental duties. MO ECO coordinates and delivers this training annually.

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training

HAZWOPER training provides the ship’s crew with the knowledge required to respond to spills without risking exposure or injury.

Commanding Officer (CO)/Executive Officer (XO) and Refresher Training (REFTRA)

REFTRA training is provided to officers rotating to their sea assignments. MO ECO instructs officers regarding new or changed environmental requirements. MO ECO also provides annual training at the Commanding Officer/Chief Marine Engineer Conference and Executive Officer/Chief Boatswain Seminar to communicate new environmental tools and procedures.

Additional Training

Subject-specific trainings are available via webinar. The webinars are geared towards the needs of our fleet and facilities. All NOAA employees and contractors must take General Environmental Awareness Training, and Safety and Environmental Compliance Training annually. Additional training consists of new employee orientation and job-specific/competence training. The EMS Team has also developed a series of environmental awareness/EMS PowerPoint presentations for internal training purposes.


The Office of Marine and Aviation (OMAO) environmental procedures are managed by the Fleet Standardization Office (FSO). They detail MO ECO environmental requirements and provide the framework for implementation. Procedures are reviewed approximately every three years in a collaborative effort between MO ECO and FSO.

  • 0701 - Category 0700 Environmental 
  • 0701-02 - Ballast Water Management
  • 0701-03 - NPDES Vessel General Permit Compliance Procedure
  • 0701-06 - SOPEP Emergency Plan
  • 0701-10 - Radioactive Materials Aboard NOAA Ships
  • 0701-11 - Environmental Aspect Identification
  • 0701-17 - Management of Shipboard Ozone Depleting Substances and Refrigerants
  • 0701-19 - Shipboard Solid Waste Management

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