The US Coast Guard is suspending, until February 12, 2009, the requirement for vessel response plans
(VRPs) to identify salvage and firefighting capability that can be deployed to a port nearest the vessel’s operating area within 24 hours of notification. The original vague salvage and firefighting requirement was established in 1993. The 24-hour requirement was added in 1996, but was suspended before coming into effect. This action continues the suspension for another two years.
Source: HK Law