Circular 5/17: BIMCO/ISCO standard spill response contracts, RESPONSECON and US RESPONSECON



  • BIMCO and ISCO (International Spill Control Organisation) have launched two standard contracts, for the hire of specialised spill response services and equipment
  • RESPONSECON is for international use
  • US RESPONSECON is for use specifically in the United States
  • All Clubs in the International Group have issued similar circulars

Members are informed that BIMCO and ISCO (the International Spill Control Organisation), have launched two standard contracts, RESPONSECON and US RESPONSECON, for the hire of specialised spill response services and equipment.

The contracts were drafted by a project sub-committee representing industry and chaired by a representative from the International Group. They conform to the International Group's Guidelines on Vessel Response Contracts.

RESPONSECON is tailored for international use,whereas US RESPONSECON is specifically for use in the United States. Terms and conditions are set out in standard clauses with accompanying annexes for the parties to insert detailed descriptions of the required services and rates for personnel and equipment. Both contracts are available free of charge from BIMCO's website, subject to Conditions of Use:

The contracts can be varied as required, however,Members are advised to check with the Club to ensure that any such variations do not cause the contract to fall outside the scope of the International Group Guidelines.

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

Yours faithfully


For more information

Members requiring further information should contact Dr. Chao Wu at

or telephone +44 20 7204 2157


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