Ships are required to file a Washington State oil spill contingency plan
All P&I Clubs have issued circulars regarding the new contigency plan requirements for ships over 200gross tons.
The UK P&I Club warns its members to note that rrespective of whether the NRC Covered Vessels Washington State Contingency Plan or the WSMC enrolment agreement are used, it will still be necessary, prior to entry into Washington State waters with the exception of the Columbia River, to enrol with the Emergency Response Towing Vessel (ERTV) for the services of the tug stationed at Neah Bay.
By signing an enrolment agreement for the ERTV, the owner ensures that the ERTV will be on standby each time one of his vessels calls at a Washington State port (with the exception of the Columbia River). It is a requirement of Washington State law that this tug be on standby during the visit of a vessel.
By signing the enrolment agreement the owner agrees to sign a contract with the owners of the tug should the services of a tug be required during the course of a visit. Members should note that the terms of the contract do not conform with the IG guidelines on Vessel Response Plans and additional insurance may be needed for vessel calls in Washington State waters except for the Columbia River.
Those wishing for details are advised to contact their Club.
For more details, please click at The UK P&I Club website