Dear Valued Member,
In accordance with the Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC) Enrollment Agreement, this letter serves as notification of changes to the Vessel Transit Fee Schedule effective July 1, 2019. This new fee schedule is attached for review; you may view this and other information about WSMC on our website at www.wsmcoop.org.
Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC) operates as a non-profit cooperative that was established for and by the shipping industry of Washington to provide vessel operators with a simple and effective means to meet Washington State oil spill contingency planning requirements at a reasonable cost. There has been no increase in fees to WSMC members since 2016 and before that, 2005.
In 2014, WSMC revised its business plan to meet changes in the State planning standards. These changes required a plan holder to maintain an increased level of resources to respond to a spill, which we accomplished through new contracts with the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) and Global Diving and Salvage, Inc. During this period we also revised our financial plan to provide additional resources and services while reducing fees charged to members.
The fee schedule introduced in 2016 was structured to allow WSMC to continue providing the high level of response capability and compliance required by current Washington State regulations, while ensuring the fees are appropriate and equitable to all vessel classes served by WSMC. This new 2019 fee schedule is an adjustment to the 2016 fee schedule required to keep WSMC’s budget in balance.
We know that cost control is important to your business. We also know that when a vessel is required to activate its plan, you expect the best possible response. WSMC provides the best value to meet these expectations. Here’s why:
Through our contractors, the WSMC Plan presently provides response capability that meets or exceeds the Washington State planning standard requirements for skimming vessels, skimming capacity, oil containment boom, and recovered oil storage.
WSMC has a one-time vessel enrollment to better streamline the enrollment process for your vessels.
WSMC continues to provide the critical Reciprocal Arrangement Agreement with Canada, with free registration for vessel coverage in Canadian waters on your transit in and out of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
WSMC’s Vessel Enrollment Agreement continues to meet the guidelines of the International P&I Clubs.
WSMC conducts successful response exercises that meet or exceed U.S. Coast Guard and WA State requirements.
WSMC’s vessel coverage has been providing vessel operator’s reliable service for 28 years. Our experienced response managers and incident commanders are ready 24/7 to serve you.
Feel free to contact us with any questions about your coverage with WSMC. We are glad to provide details about the advantages of WSMC membership, enrollments, vessel coverage, our contractor partners, and more.
Please accept our sincere appreciation for using WSMC to meet your vessel’s oil spill contingency plan needs for Washington State. Your membership keeps the cooperative strong and enables us to continue providing you with the best coverage in Washington State waters at the most reasonable cost and best value to your company.
Dan Nutt, President
Roger Mowery, Executive Director