Washington State Maritime Co-operative (WSMC) has revised its enrolment agreement. It now complies with International Group (IG) guidelines; National Response Corporation (NRC) also provides Washington State approved and IG compliant contingency plans; Specimen documents for both organisations are attached to this circular; This circular refers to Circular 17/13 Washington State - Contingency Plan requirements
Circular 20/13: US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) Requirements
Second issuance of Vessel General Permit (VGP) is effective from 19th December 2013 and will supersede the first iteration of VGP. Vessels must file an Notice of Intent (NOI), by the 12th December 2013 or 7 days prior to discharge to continue uninterrupted coverage. Notice of Intent must be submitted using EPA's Electronic NOI system. NOI submission deadlines and discharge authorization can be found in Annex II of this circular. Club advice on VGP requirements was posted on our website on 19th November
OUTLINE: This circular refers to Circular 18/13 United States Vessel Response Plans. Copies of the appropriate MSRC and NRC contracts are attached as PDFs to the website version of this circular. US Coast Guard has issued a set of FAQs on Non Tank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRP).
The Group clubs have terminated their retainer agreements with MSRC and NRC. Non-tank vessel operators should contract directly with MSRC or NRC in future. Both MSRC and NRC provide spill response contracts that conform with Group guidelines. MSRC have withdrawn their dispersant addendum to spill response contracts making purchase of extended cover unnecessary. NRC offer a fee-paying option to opt out of their addendum and avoid exposure to additional liabilities.
OUTLINE: This circular concerns ships trading to Washington State waters. All ships over 300 gross tons, and all tank ships, are required to file a Washington State oil spill contingency plan before entering Washington State waters. Washington State Maritime Co-operative's (WSMC) 'umbrella' contingency plan still does not comply with International Group guidelines. National Response Corporation's (NRC) 'umbrella' plan has now been approved by Washington State with effect from 1st November 2013. The NRC contingency plan is compliant with the International Group guidelines. The further Washington State requirement for enrolment for Emergency Response Towing Vessel (ERTV) services is still in place. All clubs in the International Group have issued similar circulars
Owners of non-tank vessels calling at US ports will be required to submit their Vessel Response Plan (VRP) by 30th January 2014. This new requirement is being reviewed by the International Group and a more detailed circular will be issued in due course.
New terms were agreed for the Club's hybrid capital bond on 7 June 2013. The new terms were concluded through a process of 'consent solicitation'. Full details of the background information on the consent solicitation process were published on the Club's website
Circular 10/13: Entry into force of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC) - Financial Security Requirements
Group clubs have agreed to extend standard P&I cover to include repatriation in cases of insolvency and other circumstances listed in the MLC
Circular 7/13: Updated California Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFR) Requirements
The deadline for submission of owners' Certificates of Entry under Californian Code of Regulations relating to COFRs...
The Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006) enters into force on 20th August 2013.
Circular 5/13: Australian Pollution Law - Revised oil pollution indemnity clause for penalties and fines
OUTLINE: The Group has revised its recommended pollution indemnity clause for charterparties. The revised clause has two amendments in respect of legal & defence costs and indemnity in the event of contributory fault. The clause was originally prompted by recent Australian legislation ( See our "Legal Briefing - Australia
Circular 6/13: Electronic (Paperless) trading systems - Electronic Shipping Solutions & Bolero International Ltd. - Updated ESS DSUA Version 2013.1
OUTLINE: The International Group has agreed to cover liabilities arising in respect of the carriage of cargo under two electronic trading systems - Bolero (