January 23, 2014 – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) has granted full approval to the Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC) oil spill contingency plan. Ecology has issued a five-year approval, which will run through January 23, 2019.
Starting in January 1, 2014, the WSMC Plan will provide coverage utilizing MSRC for primary spill response resources. These resources provide the WSMC member with coverage by a plan with superior response capability. All for the same cost of compliance.
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.
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.
The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) is pleased to announce a cooperative arrangement with the Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC). Effective January 1, 2014, WSMC will become a member of the Marine Preservation Association (MPA), thereby gaining access to MSRC’s comprehensive spill response resources in the State of Washington.
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.