BOB NOLTING, LONG TIME LEGAL COUNSEL FOR WSMC RETIRES

On June 4, 2014, at a luncheon in his honor, Bob Nolting, Legal Counsel, was presented a plaque to commemorate his service to the Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC).  Bob has recently completed over twenty years of contractual service to the Washington State Maritime Cooperative (1994 to the present) and its predecessor, the Washington State Maritime Commission (1991-1995).

WSMC UPDATE - VESSEL ENROLLMENT

The revised WSMC Plan no longer requires “supplemental” resources.  Effective January 1, 2014, WSMC will become a member of the Marine Preservation Association (MPA), thereby gaining access to Marine Spill Response Corporation’s (MSRC’s) comprehensive spill response resources in the State of Washington. There is no increase to the WSMC fee for adding MSRC to the WSMC Plan.

WSMC UPDATE - ONE STOP, SINGLE FEE COMPLIANCE

Vessels may have either MSRC or NRC as their national OSRO and enroll in WSMC.  However, MPA members who enroll in WSMC will receive a credit on their MPA national dues from MPA for a portion of their WSMC fees. Also, WSMC will provide “no cost” coverage in 2014 to any company enrolling a tank vessel or barge that also becomes a member of MPA for access to MSRC on a national basis.