We are happy to report the revised WSMC Oil Spill Contingency Plan has been approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The revised plan is effective on January 1, 2014. Note: This is a conditional approval with full approval expected January 2014.
In WSMC’s continuing efforts to better serve our membership, WSMC is reviewing and considering amendments to its vessel enrollment agreement while actively working with the IG to make it consistent with the IG guidelines. Resolution of this issue is anticipated.
he new rate schedule has been simplified by eliminating the subsequent transit fee. WSMC will only charge a new and reduced annual fee upon enrolled vessel’s first transit. As WSMC transitions to a revised Plan and this new rate schedule, if you are already enrolled in WSMC, your vessel’s enrollment automatically continues and your anniversary date does not change. Therefore members that have already paid an initial transit fee are paid up until their next enrollment anniversary date in 2014.
We wish to provide the WSMC membership with the latest and accurate information regarding oil spill contingency plan compliance in Washington State. Recently the Washington State Department of Ecology approved an additional company as a potential plan provider for vessels operating in Washington waters. If vessel owner/operators are considering contracting for oil spill plan coverage with a company other than WSMC, we ask that you contact us first to ensure you have accurate information as you consider which plan is appropriate for your situation.
WSMC has submitted its revised contingency plan to the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and it is currently undergoing the standard 30-day public review and comment period, ending on on October 9. WSMC expects plan approval from Ecology on or about November 9. It’s important to emphasize that in order to comply with increased Washington requirements, the revised plan will result in some changes in the way we serve members.
Announcement of WSMC’s New PRC Contract with Global Diving & Salvage and Continued Information on WSMC Member Supplemental Resources Requirement for the WSMC Oil Spill Response Contingency Plan
Washington State Plan Approval Certificate and WSMC's Letter to Members:
For the latest update on the status of the WSMC Contingency Plan see WSMC's letter to members: Letter to Members Regarding Contingency Plan Approval 26 Dec 2012
At your next renewal (on or after February 1, 2011), prior to the covered vessel's arrival, you will complete a new Vessel Enrollment Agreement and vessel schedule of information page that will continue indefinitely thereafter until terminated. The new enrollment agreement will not need to be renewed on an annual basis. However, the enrollment agreement will need to be renewed in the event of a change in owner/operator/authorized agent.