Circular 19/10 (October 2010) US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage and Marine Firefighting Requirements Final Rule - 31 December 2008 - Deadline for implementation - 22 February 2011 - update

  • Date: 14/10/2010

Dear Sirs

US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage and Marine Firefighting Requirements Final Rule - 31 December 2008 - Deadline for implementation - 22 February 2011 - update

Salvage agreements

This circular applies to owners of tank vessels carrying oil calling at US ports

We refer to Circular No 12/10 of August 2010 concerning the above, which provided a list of salvor contracts/funding agreements which had been reviewed by the International Group.

On 27 September 2010 the US Coast Guard published Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular
**(NVIC) No. 2-10** providing guidance for the implementation and enforcement of the requirements under the Final Rule. This NVIC can be found using the following link and instructions for access:

The NVIC provides a summary of the procedural steps necessary for updating owners’ existing vessel response plans as well as appendices containing answers to frequently asked questions and a glossary of terms.

We regret that in the previous circular there was an error in Annex 4 which contained a technical comparison of the contracts reviewed and a rate comparison. On page 4 there is an error under “contract” in the first two columns. In addition T&T Bisso has published some new rates which came into effect on 1 September 2010.

A revised Annex 4 is attached updated and amended where relevant. The amendments are shown in yellow.

There has been a small amendment to the DonjonSmit contract and this has been reissued with a new footer.

The current salvor contracts/funding agreements which have been reviewed by the International Group
and found to conform with the Vessel Response Plan salvage guidelines are the following:

  • DonjonSmit – July 2010, Version 1.1 on page 1 and Version 1.0 on subsequent pages
  • MRA – dated 2 August 2010
  • Resolve – dated 14 June 2010
  • T&T Bisso - Non US – 22 April 2010; US – 15 June 2010

All Clubs in the International Group of P&I Clubs have issued similar circulars.
Yours faithfully



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