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USCG Codifies Single Hull Phase-out Requirements

In a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM), the USCG proposes to clarify and codify a policy it issued in April 1999 regarding phase-out dates for single hull tank vessels. OPA 90 includes requirements for double hull tank vessels and phase-out schedules for all single hull tank vessels operating in U.S. waters. Tank vessel owners are required to remove single hull tank vessels from service on a specific date, depending on such factors as the vessel's gross tonnage, age and hull configuration. These timetables are found in USCG regulations, and allow a tank vessel with double sides or a double bottom to remain in service longer than a vessel with a full single hull. In mid-1998, the USCG was asked to clarify whether retrofitting a single hull vessel with double sides or a double bottom would allow a vessel owner to take advantage of a later phase-out date. After requesting and reviewing public comments on the subject, the USCG published a notice of policy in April 1999 stating modification of a single hull tank vessel to include only double sides or a double bottom would not change the tank vessel's original phase-out date. Consistent with this position, the NPRM amends two notes. Both notes state the configuration of a single hull tank vessel as of August 18, 1990, whether single hull, single hull with double sides, or single hull with a double bottom, is the configuration to be used to determine the vessel's phase-out date


Salvage & Marine Fire Fighting Non-Tank Vessel Response Plan Regulation Announced

The U.S. Coast Guard has published the long awaited Non-tank Vessel Response Plan (NTVRP) and Other Response Plan regulation in the federal register dated September 30, 2013. Mandatory compliance will be required of all applicable vessels by January 30, 2014. These regulations impact self-propelled non-tank vessels of 400 gross tons or greater that operate in navigable waters of the United States and carry any kind of oil as fuel for main propulsion


Maritrans' Double Hull Process Receives Patent

Maritrans Operating Partners L.P., a subsidiary of Maritrans Inc., has obtained a patent on its proprietary process for rebuilding single hull tank vessels with internal double hulls. Together with M. Daniel Jones of the Houston-based naval architecture firm Schuller & Allan, Maritrans developed an innovative double-hull manufacturing process to rebuild single-hulled tank vessels with the double hulls required by the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990


The COFRs are Coming

Two Coast Guard small boats set a security zone around the 900-foot container ship Cosco Busan. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

  Dennis Bryant, Senior Counsel, Holland & Knight LLP   On February 5, the US Coast Guard promulgated its long-awaited proposal for updating the Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) program.  Owners and operators of vessels over 300 gross tons operating in United States waters have been required to provide evidence of financial responsibility to respond to oil spills from their vessels since 1972


Polar Tankers Receives Ecology Award

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Representatives from Washington Department of Ecology and the oil tank vessel industry met in Seattle on July 29 to award Polar Tankers with Ecology’s Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) Award. The award was given to the subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Co. for achieving excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. Polar Tankers operates U.S.-flagged crude oil tankers on the West Coast including Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada


Resolve Salvage & Fire CG Approved for OPA90

Photo courtesy Resolve Marine

Resolve Salvage & Fire (Americas), the emergency response division of international maritime emergency services contractor Resolve Marine Group, announced that the U.S. Coast Guard has approved Resolve to help oil tanker vessel owners comply with new OPA90 requirements by the February 22, 2011 deadline. The USCG has already begun issuing Interim Operating Authorizations (IOA) for tank vessels that cite Resolve in their OPA90 Vessel Response Plans


New Tech Requirement for Single Hull Tankers by 2007

According to a USCG final rule published September 17 in Federal Register, by October 17, 2007, single hull tank vessels (US Flag and foreign Flag) will be required to have a Tank Level of Pressure Monitoring Systems (TLPM) device permanently installed on each cargo tank which meets the following requirements: • is intrinsically safe as per 46 CFR 111.105; • indicates any loss of power or failure of the tank level or pressure monitoring device and monitors the condition of the alarm


ExxonMobil Receives Washington State Exceptional Compliance Award

Exxon Mobil Corporation announced that its U.S. marine transportation affiliate, SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., has been recognized by the Washington State Department of Ecology for excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship. SeaRiver achieved this through meeting the state's voluntary Exceptional Compliance Program for Tank Vessels (Ecopro) and is the only company to attain full Ecopro status for a third consecutive renewal period since the program's inception in 1999.


Tug escort requirements for Port Hueneme

The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the tank vessel escort requirements for Port Hueneme. The major purpose of the proposal is to make these regulations consistent with those for other California ports. No additional costs for the regulated community are anticipated, based on this proposal. OSPR also issued the Draft Amendment and the Initial Statement of Reasons


Grounded Tank Vessel Eagle Tucson

Photo courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

A 33-ft response boat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Venice, La., monitors efforts to free the grounded tank vessel Eagle Tucson, Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, near Pilottown, La., at the mouth of the Mississippi. The Eagle Tuscon grounded at approximately 2:45 a.m., Monday, Sept. 28, 2009, and is currently blocking deep-draft shipping traffic.  


LR Alert on US Vessel Response Plans for Non-Tank Vessels

Applicability: Non-tank vessels of 400 gt or more of any flag, which are self-propelled, carrying oil of any kind as fuel, and bound for a port or place in the U.S.   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has published a Final Rule which took effect on 30 October, 2013


Ramp-Up of NTV Oil Spill Resoures in Alaskan Waters

Image courtesy of Oil Spill Solutions

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) and Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network (Network) have formed a "Strategic Alliance" to support Non-Tank Vessels (NTVs) in meeting new Federal regulations and enhance oil spill response in Western Alaska and Prince William Sound


Coast Guard Marine Safety Center Visits Shearer Group

Pictured above are, from left to right, Mike Capitain, Naval Architect, Cdr. Gooding, Jackie Ellis, Designer, Capt.. Nadeau, Ed Shearer, Principal Naval Architect, Christian Olavesen, Naval Architect and Ron Sikora, Senior Designer. Not pictured was Joshua Sebastian, Engineering Manager and Jo Ann Pitzer, Office manager.

Capt. John Nadeau, Commanding Officer, and Cdr. Peter Gooding, Chief, Engineering Division, with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center visited The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) at their offices in Seabrook, Texas. It was a cordial visit to discuss new options to improve, review and approve submittals


Insights - Paul Hankins, President American Salvage Association

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This month’s editorial calendar has, in part, as its focus, oil pollution, prevention and response. Or, in other words, missions and matters that cut to the very heart of the American Salvage Association (ASA) and the goals of its considerable membership


Nontank Vessel Response Plan Final Rule

The "Nontank Vessel Response Plans and Other Response Plan Requirements" (NTVRP) final rule, which was published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2013, requires vessel owners or operators of nontank vessels 400 gross tons and above to prepare and submit oil spill response plans


Insights: Dennis L. Bryant, Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

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Dennis L. Bryant retired from the U.S. Coast Guard with the rank of Captain after 27 years active duty. His billets included serving on the icebreaker NORTHWIND for several years including in 1969 when it escorted the tanker MANHATTAN through the Northwest Passage (this was back in the old days


Nontank VRP Regs

(Photo courtesy T&T Salvage)

The clock is ticking toward the deadline to submit to the U.S. Coast Guard an oil spill response plan that meets the requirements of the NTVRP regulation.  The long-awaited nontank vessel response plan (NTVRP) rulemaking was published on September 30, 2013 and came into effect on October 30


USCG Extend Ship-to-Ship Oil Transfer Comment Period

The US Coast Guard (USCG) inform it has extended the comment period related to proposed new measures to reduce the risks of oil spills in oil transfer operations from or to a tank vessel. The original deadline for feedback to be submitted to the online docket via http://www.regulations


Tank Vessel Response Plan: Alaska Violators Fined

The Coast Guard has issued monetary penalties in Alaska to three vessel operators in violation of federal regulations concerning vessel response plan requirements, as follows: The vessels Pacific Galaxy, operated by Synergy Maritime PET; Tamar, operated by MTM Ship Management, and Yayoi Express


USCG Issues Fines for Tank Response Plan Noncompliance

The Coast Guard has issued monetary penalties to three vessel operators in violation of federal regulations related to tank vessel response plan requirements. The vessels Pacific Galaxy, operated by Synergy Maritime PET, Tamar, operated by MTM Ship Management, and Yayoi Express


Steamship Mutual: US Vessel Response Plans – Contingency Plans

Washington State – Alaska – Non tank final rule & Washington State – Contingency Plan requirements. We refer to our circular no. B.613. As stated in that circular, every tank vessel and every other vessel over 300 GT is required under State law to file a contingency plan


Spill Response Discussion with SCAA President Scott Metzger

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Scott Metzger has been with Clean Harbors Environmental Services for more than 22 years. He is the Senior Vice President, Emergency Services and holds an oversight role for the Clean Harbors National Strike Team that manages environmental incidents


Donjon-SMIT, MSRC Partner for OPA 90 Services Assistance

Donjon-SMIT President Raymond Lord

Donjon-SMIT and Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) announce the establishment of a cooperative alliance.  This alliance, while it can support both tank and non-tank vessel owners, will include the ability of non-tank vessel owners to establish their prearranged agreements with both


Non-tank Vessel Response Rules – Their Impact Examined

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Long awaited, much hyped, the new rules require compliance in January. Will industry and more importantly, the response community, be ready? In September, the U.S. Coast Guard published the long awaited Non-tank Vessel Response Plan (NTVRP) and Other Response Plan regulations. The U.S


USCG Warns of Tank Sampling Dangers

Photo: USCG

This Safety Alert serves as a reminder to Coast Guard (CG) personnel and the maritime community of potential dangers during sampling of cargo tanks. During a recent Port State Control (PSC) tank vessel examination, a CG member was exposed to a dangerous concentration of Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S) gas


 
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