OPA 90 Compliance
As part of the maritime community, we’re proud of everything we’ve done to make the world’s oceans, rivers and ports safer places to navigate.
As part of our continued focus on safety, we’re pleased to be a part of the Marine Response Alliance, U.S.-based emergency response partnership comprised of Crowley Marine Services, Marine Pollution Control, TITAN Salvage, Marine Hazard Response (a joint venture of Wild Well Control and Williams Fire & Hazard Control) and McAllister Towing and Transportation.
The MRA is a true alliance of the premier emergency responders in the United States. Individually, each company brings an unquestioned expertise in a particular area of marine safety. Collectively, we deliver the full range of OPA-90 compliant capabilities for rescue towing, lightering, salvage and firefighting services in all U.S. Captain of the Port zones. While the current Salvage and Marine Firefighting (SMFF) regulations presently apply only to tankers, non-tanker companies must monitor this regulation, as it will likely be extended to cover their vessels in the future.
OPA 90 SMFF Update
On March 9, 2013, the proposed Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan regulations finally made to the stage where they are listed for Notice of Final Rulemaking. Typically, what this means is that within 90 days, or so, the final rules will likely be published in the Federal Register, and we will likely have an "effective date" and an "implementation date." ("Effective date is when rules go into effect" and "implementation date" is when rules are to be enforced.) Actual implementation date will be included as part of the final published rules, and as a reminder, when the tank vessel regulations were implemented, U.S. Coast Guard allowed the date to be extended, but we want to be pro-active and be ready for the implementation.
"Once the implementation date is in effect, non-tank vessels, defined in the regulations as vessels not carrying specific grades of oil as cargo, that carry over 250 barrels of oil as propulsion fuel will require a Vessel Response Plan approved by U.S. Coast Guard and will require the same emergency and rescue towing, lightering, salvage, and marine firefighting services currently provided by Marine Response Alliance as our core business, and vessels carrying less than 250 barrels require salvage only. However, only vessels carrying 2,500 barrels or more are required to have resources ensured by contract."
For more information about this important update, please contact TITAN.
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