米国の国立汚染基金センター（NPFC）の閉鎖について、ギャラハー・マリン（GMS）からの最新情報、Client Advisory＃01-19をご参照ください。この閉鎖は、現在の米国政府一部機関の機能停止問題が解決されるまで、あるいはUSCGに適切に資金が割当てられるまで続くことになり、その間、COFR（Certificate of Financial Responsibility）申請書が処理されないことを意味します。ただし、ECOFRサイトは運営を継続しており、すべての申請者および保証人は通常どおり申請書の更新や取消を提出することができます。しかし、米国の水域に入る許可の取得が大幅に遅れる可能性が予想されていますので、ご注意ください。
We would like to draw Members’ attention to the attached Client Advisory #01-19 from Gallagher Marine Systems (GMS) advising that the National Pollution Fund Center (NPFC) is closed and will remain closed until the current U.S Government shutdown is resolved, and/or the USCG is allocated funding to fulfil its various missions. This means that Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) applications are not being processed. The ECOFR site however remains operational and all applicants and guarantors are advised to continue to submit applications, renewals and cancellations as normal. However, Members are warned that delays in receiving approval to enter U.S. waters may be expected.
The NPFC has published the following notice on its website:
Due to the partial government shutdown, the Vessel Certification Division at NPFC is only minimally staffed and Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) applications are not being processed. However, the ECOFR site will remain operational and all applicants and guarantors should continue to submit applications, renewals and cancellations as normal. When a COFR holder advises the U.S. Coast Guard that they are enroute to a U.S. port, the Captain of the Port will check with NPFC to see if a valid COFR exists on that vessel. Compliance determinations will be made directly to the Captain of the Port office and the vessel owner/operator will be informed accordingly. Delays in granting approval to enter U.S. waters may occur.
Please refer to GMS’s Client Advisory for additional information.