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.

WSMC PLAN - NEW RATE SCHEDULE

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.

WSMC PLAN - LETTER FROM WSMC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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 PLAN

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.