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US Vessel Response Plans OSRO Contracts

The UK P&I Club has issued Circular on US Vessel Response Plan to inform for the requirement within the NRC Addendum which is outside the International Group approval guidelines. According to the requirement , non-tank shipowners trading to the United States of America (US) should have in place federal Vessel Response Plans by 30 January 2014.

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US Vessel Response Plans

Circular issued by IG P&I Clubs for Tank and Non-Tank VRPs The US authorities published their Final Rule addressing Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans (NTVRPs) in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 189, on 30th September 2013, and all non-tank spill response plans and submit their Vessel Response Plan, to the US Coast Guard by 30th January 2014. All P&I Clubs in The International Group of P&I Clubs have issued similar circulars regarding the United States Vessel Response Plans. The NTVRP final rule has both an effective date and implementation (compliance) date. The effective date of October 30, 2013 is when the final rule enters into force. The final rule also establishes January 30, 2014 as the date of compliance by which a vessel owner or operator is required to submit and operate under a vessel response plan that meets the new regulatory requirement.For the purpose of preparing a Vessel Response Plan (VRP), a non-tank vessel is defined as a self-propelled, non-tank vessel of 400 gross tons or greater that carries oil of any kind as fuel for main propulsion and that operates on the navigable waters of the United States.Non-tank vessel owners will be required to enter into contracts with ...

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Update on Asian Gypsy Moths

Ships continue to arrive to North America with AGM egg masses resulting in delays at ports The United States Department of Agriculture and the Canadian FoodInspection Agency have issued a joint bulletin reporting that Asian gypsy moth (AGM) populations remain high this year in Russia, Japan, Korea and Northern China.As aconsequence, ships continue to arrive to North America with AGM egg masses. This has led todelayed entry to ports in the United States and Canada.As a reminder, for vessels to avoid potential delays to port entry in North America, they should:acquire AGM certification;depart from regulated ports as soon as possible following the issuance of AGM certification;andconduct self-checking while en route to North America to remove and destroy all egg massesdetected.Although the U.S. and Canada are in full agreement on therequirement for AGM pre-departure certification and vessels arriving free from all AGMlife forms (egg masses, pupae, adults), due to sovereign regulations and policies, thereremain differences in port-of-entry processes between the two countries.Please contactlocal inspection authorities in the port of entry if you have any questions regarding AGMimport requirements or clearance procedures.

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