Meeting the compliance deadline - 30th January 2014

Although the US Coast Guard's deadline for submitting Vessel Response Plans (VRPs) is rapidly approaching, the time available to comply is even more compressed by the need to pre-contract with Qualified Individuals (QIs), Oil Spill Response Companies (OSROs), Dispersant service providers and salvors. Some local consultants have already advised that they require owners to secure their services within early December if they are to provide all the necessary arrangements in time for the 30th January 2014.

Essential guidance of Club circulars

Our recent circulars 19/13, 18/13, 17/13, 14/13 and 12/13 have advised Members on the requirements both country-wide and of individual states in respect of the Coast Guard Final Rule on VRPs and the 30th January 2014 deadline.  Members are reminded that such circulars include guidance on remaining within Club cover when complying with such requirements. 

For example Annex I of Circular 14/13 contains the Group guidelines on vessel response plans & use of salvors contracts for compliance.

Scroll down this page to view a collation of the relevant Club Circulars.

Club contact & support

Although the main contact at the Club is Dr Chao Wu (chao.wu@thomasmiller.com) in view of the short timescale for compliance and the intervening Chrismas and New Year holiday season Jacqueline Tan (jacqueline.tan@thomasmiller.com ) of London Syndicate 1 is also available to support Members' queries and need for assistance.

SMFF / VRP support Contracts

The Funding agreements of five salvors have been reviewed and found to conform with the International Group (IG) Salvage Guidelines on Vessel Response Plans. These five salvors agreements are listed below. Click on any record to download specimen copies of the relevant salvor's contract or other relevant documents.

Additional information

Other miscellaneous news and advisory information is posted in the right hand column of this page.

Members are advised to take care to sign the updated WSMC enrolment agreement which is compliant with International Group guidelines ( Circular 22/13 ) and not earlier unapproved versions as described in Circular 17/13.
Date: 10/12/2013
These twenty or more 'frequently asked questions' include guidance on the Final Rule and its application, the contractual arrangements that need to be in place as part of VRP compliance and various points on remaining within cover. Updated 10th December 2013.

Salvor contracts & documentation

An updated version of the Donjon-Smit Funding Agreement which has the following new footer: Donjon-Smit (Tanker and Non-Tank) Version B February 11, 2014 together with Annexes 1-5 has been uploaded to the Club website.
Donjon Smit documents for use in Vessel Response Plan arrangements.  These documents should be read in conjunction with the earlier Club Circular 14/13  US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage & Marine Firefighting (SMFF) Requirements Final Rule - 30 September 2013. Deadline for implementation - 30 January 2014
Date: 15/10/2013
Marine Response Alliance documents for use in Vessel Response Plan arrangements.  These documents should be read in conjunction with the earlier Club Circular 14/13  US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage & Marine Firefighting (SMFF) Requirements Final Rule - 30 September 2013. Deadline for implementation - 30 January 2014
Date: 05/12/2013
The attached contract is conforming with International Group Vessel Response Guidelines and is referred to in Circular 19/13: "United States Vessel Response Plans - OSRO Contracts".
Date: 05/12/2013
The attached contract is conforming with International Group Vessel Response Guidelines and is referred to in Circular 19/13: "United States Vessel Response Plans - OSRO Contracts". 
Members are recommended to strike out a requirement within this Addendum which is outside the International Group approval guidelines.  Circular 19/13 refers.
Resolve Salvage & Fire documents for use in Vessel Response Plan arrangements.  These documents should be read in conjunction with the earlier Club Circular 14/13  US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage & Marine Firefighting (SMFF) Requirements Final Rule - 30 September 2013. Deadline for implementation - 30 January 2014
T&T Salvage documents for use in Vessel Response Plan arrangements.  These documents should be read in conjunction with the earlier Club Circular 14/13  US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage & Marine Firefighting (SMFF) Requirements Final Rule - 30 September 2013. Deadline for implementation - 30 January 2014
Svitzer documents for use in Vessel Response Plan arrangements.  These documents should be read in conjunction with the earlier Club Circular 14/13  US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage & Marine Firefighting (SMFF) Requirements Final Rule - 30 September 2013. Deadline for implementation - 30 January 2014

UK Club Circulars

Date: 13/06/2014
The “Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements” (NTVRP) final rule  required owners or operators of nontank vessels 400 gt and above to submit oil spill response plans for vessels operating on the navigable waters of the United States by 30th January 2014. The Coast Guard used an Interim Operating Authorization (IOA) process to assist vessel owners and operators to meet thedeadline and continue to operate.
Date: 09/12/2013
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第2回目のVessel General Permit(VGP)が、2013年12月19日に発効し、最初のVGPに取って代わることとなります。船舶は、2013年12月12日まで、あるいは継続的にVGP適用を受けるために、排出の7日前までにNotice of Intent(NOI)を提出しなければなりません。なおNOIは、米国環境保護庁(EPA)の電子NOIシステムを通して提出する必要があります。NOIの提出期限および排出許可日は、本クラブ回覧のAnnex IIをご参照ください。
本クラブ回覧は、クラブ回覧18/13を参照しています。MSRCおよびNRCの契約書は本クラブ回覧のウェブサイト版に添付しています。コースト・ガードは、タンカー以外の船舶の油濁事故対応計画書(NTVRP: Non Tank Vessel Response Plans)に関するFAQsを発表しています。 
Date: 29/11/2013
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国際グループ・クラブは、MSRC及びNRCと締結している既存の包括契約(retaineragreement)を打ち切ることとなりました。今後、タンカー以外の船舶オペレーターはMSRCあるいはNRCと直接契約を締結していただく必要があります。MSRC及びNRC両社は、現在、国際グループ・ガイドラインに沿った油濁事故対応契約書を提供しています。MSRCは油濁事故対応契約書の分散剤使用に関する付属書(dispersant addendum)を取り下げたため、追加保険は必要なくなりました。 NRCは付属書なしで契約する支払オプションを用意しており、それによる追加責任を回避することができます。
Date: 12/11/2013
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本回覧は、ワシントン州に寄港する船舶に関するものです。300総トン以上の全ての船舶及び全てのタンカーは、油濁事故緊急対応計画書をワシントン州に提出することが求められます。 Washington State Maritime Co-operative (WSMC)の包括的緊急対応計画書は、国際グループのガイドラインに沿ったものではありません。また、National Response Corporation(NRC)の包括的計画書は2013年11月1日付でワシントン州の承認を得ました。NRCの緊急計画書は国際グループのガイドラインに準拠しています。ワシントン州の別の要求事項であるEmergency Response Towing Vessel(ERTV)サービスへの登録は現在も必要です。国際グループの全てのクラブは同様のクラブ回覧を発行しています。 
Date: 16/10/2013
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タンカー以外の船舶(Non-Tank vessels)で、2,500バレル以上の油を積載可能な船舶の所有者は、救助業者及び海上消火資材提供業者と資金協定を締結しなければなりません。
Date: 01/10/2013
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タンカー以外の船舶で、米国に寄港する船舶の所有者は、2014年1月30日までに油濁事故対応計画書(VRP)を提出することが求められます。国際グループでは、新たな要求事項について検討していますので、詳細は追ってお知らせします。 
Date: 05/10/2012
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US oil spill response organisations’ (OSROs) standard service agreements often include an addendum that does not comply with Group guidelines.  Members agreeing to such an addendum may incur liabilities that are outside Club cover.  National Response Corporation (NRC) is the latest OSRO to adopt such a non-compliant addendum to its service agreements.  Group guidelines on VRP service agreements and the addendum are published in Club Circular 6/09
Date: 26/08/2011
Under new US Coast Guard requirements, tank vessel response plans must cite an oil spill response organisation (OSRO) with capability for applying dispersants by air. MSRC has amended its service agreement for tank vessels by addition of a 'dispersant addendum' which contains indemnities that do not conform to the International Group's US VRP guidelines. Details of additional market cover are available from the Managers. No such addendum has been introduced by NRC at this time. There is no similar requirement for non tank vessels and most VRPs for non tank vessels are therefore unlikely to refer to dispersant capability in their citation of MSRC, in which case no action is required. Members should, however, confirm this by directly checking their VRPs or consulting their plan writers. 
Date: 22/02/2011
Dear Sirs, US Vessel Response Plans - Salvage and Marine Firefighting Requirements - Final Rule - 31 December 2008 - Deadline for implementation - 22 February 2011 - further...

US Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010

The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 has been enacted and took effect from the 15th October 2010. 
 
Generally, provisions are effective on the day of enactment unless legislation specifies otherwise. The following provisions are noted, as they may concern the Members:

  • Section 702 calls for the Coast Guard to enact new safeguards for, among other things, the transfer of oil, "within 1 year after the date of enactment."
  • Section 708, which provides added funds for NOAA and calls for various audits and reports is effective immediately, with deadlines for the audits and reports tied to the date of enactment.
  • Section 711 extends the dual tug escort requirements for single hull vessels to double hulled tankers in Prince William Sound effective 90 days after enactment. 
  • Section 712 specifies no effective date for its provisions broadening the applicability of OPA '90 financial responsibility requirements to any tank vessel over 100 gross tons. It should be assumed, therefore, that it became effective upon enactment.
  • Section 713, which makes the cargo owner a "responsible party" under OPA '90 in the event of an oil spill from a single hull tank vessel, is effective "after December 31, 2010."
  • Section 912, which limits the liability of vessel owner/operators and other people who use or authorize force to defend a US vessel against pirates is effective upon enactment.  Coast Guard regulations for the use of self-defense are due 180 days after enactment.

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