Update: Honduras Oil Spill Response Requirements in force 26 May 2018

Members are referred to the Association’s Circular 13/17: Honduras –Oil Spill Response – new requirements, published on 20 December 2017 advising of new oil spill response requirements in Honduras which would apply to both tank and non-tank vessels. The requirements were originally to have come into force on 1 January 2018 but the date has been postponed several times.

We have now been advised by the Honduran Maritime Authority that the requirements will be coming into force on 26 May 2018.

Kindly note the following guidance received from the government approved OSRO in Puerto Cortes, OPC Honduras-


  1. The December 2017 contract is the correct version of the OSRO contract.
  2. The shipowners have two options either subscribe a contract or subscribe a purchase order every time a ship arrives into Honduran Ports.  In either case a Certificate of Coverage will be issued. Normally the stand by fee will be applied per voyage basis.
  3. It has to be done in advance due to the fact that the Shipping agency has to notify us at least 48 hours prior to arrival in order to be ready  when the ship arrives into the ports.
  4. The stand by fee is calculated according to the GRT of each ship and the following table.

    1 Liquid Bulk Carriers (including oil tankers greater than 150 GRT) 0.03

    Cargo Ships (400 to 15,000 GRT)

    Cargo Ships includes: dry cargo ships, dry bulk carriers, general cargo, container ships, ferries ships, passenger ships, Ro-Ro etc. (it does not includes liquid bulk carriers)

    3 Cargo Ships 15,001 GRT or greater 0.028

    Oil Tankers less than 150 GRT

    Cargo Ships less than 400 GRT


    * a Government TAX FEE (15%) should be added.
  5. In case of a spill OPC has its own rates depending on the types of incidents that may happen.


Members can read circular 13/17.

Jacqueline Tan

Legal Services Manager