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Essential Items for Calling the US

Please note that this is not an “all inclusive” list – please contact us for a detailed overview of all requirements.

Federal Requirements:

  • USCG-approved Vessel Response Plan
  • Contract with Qualified Individual (QI) and Spill Management Team (SMT)
  • Contract with Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) provide
    • 2 companies providing services nationwide
  • Contract with Salvage & Marine Fire Fighting provider
    • Currently 5 companies provide services nationwide
  • Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR)
  • EPA NPDES Vessel General Permit (VGP)
    • Notice of Intent (NOI) filed
  • 96 hour advance Notification of Arrival (ENOA) to National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC)

The following state requirements should be considered, in addition to the essential items listed above:

Alaska:

  • Alaska Contingency Plan
  • Alaska Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR)
  • Alaska Incident Management Team
  • Alaska OSRO coverage – two companies supply additional coverage, based on where in Alaska the vessel is calling

California:

  • California Contingency Plan
  • California Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR)

Guam:

  • Vessel(s) calling Guam and/or Saipan in the Guam Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone shall have a contract with the local OSRO provider, OSROCO/T&T.

American Samoa:

  • Vessel(s) calling Pago Pago / American Samoa shall have a contract with the local OSRO provider, Solar Environmental Services Inc.

Texas:

  • Vessel(s) must be entered into Texas General Land Office (TGLO) Vessel Database

Washington/Oregon:

  • Puget Sound Area – Vessel(s) calling the Puget Sound area shall have an Emergency Response Towing Vessel (ERTV) contract, a Washington State Contingency Plan (WSMC or NRC Addendum), and a Juan De Fuca Agreement.
  • Columbia and Willamette Rivers – Vessel(s) transiting to Washington State ports and/or Portland via the Columbia and Willamette Rivers need to be enrolled into a Maritime Fire and Safety Association (MFSA) Agreement. The vessel’s local Portland agent can assist any vessels that need to be enrolled into this agreement.  Additionally, vessels will also need the most recent MFSA Vessel Field Guide Document (November 2016) on board.  For additional information, please visit the following website: http://www.mfsa.com/.