In August 2008, WSMC revised its vessel registration agreement and added a new language in which vessel owners/operators who enter into a contract directly with the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) designate WSMC as their “Authorized Representative” for immediate access to MSRC response resources in the event of a spill incident. ECM Maritime Services employees contacted the Executive Director of WSMC to clarify this new “requirement.” After discussing this issue with WSMC, ECM indicates that owners/operators are not required to follow this new designation process or to submit the MSRC certificate covered in the registration agreement. WSMC did not request a similar letter of designation from NRC, as WSMC has already entered into a contract with NRC to provide response resources as part of the Emergency Response Framework Plan. In the event of an oil spill, your IQ should have full and immediate access to contractual response resources agreed upon by MSRC, NRC and other OSRO. In addition, Members should keep in mind that, regardless of the use of the NRC Covered Vessels Washington State Contingency Plan or the WSMC registration agreement, it will still be necessary to register with the Rescue Ship Emergency Response (ERTV) for the services of the tug stationed at Neah Bay before entering Washington State waters, with the exception of the Columbia River. By signing a ERTV registration agreement, the owner ensures that the ERTV is on standby every time one of its vessels calls at a port in Washington State (with the exception of the Columbia River). The Washington State Law requires that this tug be on standby while visiting a ship. By signing the deposit contract, the owner agrees to sign a contract with the tug`s owners if the services of a tug are required during a visit. Members should bear in mind that the contractual terms are not in accordance with the IG guidelines on ship response plans and that additional assurances may be required for vessel calls in Washington State waters, with the exception of the Columbia River.
If you would like more information, please contact your club. 3. Sign the ERS/ERTV agreement if the member ship crosses the ERS/ERTV zone. For more information on the areas covered by ERS/ERTV and evaluation plans, visit the ERS/ERTV website. Past agreements can be faxed to 604-681-4364 or e-mailed: email@example.com. As part of a separate service agreement between ERTV CG and the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, the Marine Exchange provides all administrative services, including billing, ship evaluation collection and payment of ERTV costs, etc. Marine Exchange is a non-profit member-based company that provides information on ships crossing Washington waters, providing various communications services and exchanging information with customers if necessary. Only covered vessels operating from or bound for a Washington port through the Strait of Juan de Fuca are subject to the ERTV requirement and must contribute to their costs as part of their plan to respond to oil spills in Washington State; however, the ERTV must be made available to any vessel in the transit area that needs assistance. The assessment structure for covered vessels registered with the ERTV is based on the size of the vessel (using the neck weight tonnage, as described in the lloyd`s list) and oil capacity (using the worst case release, as indicated in the response plan approved by the U.S. Coast Guard).
Tariff plans for tankers and non-tankers differ; links below. If ERTV assistance is required, the ERTV must be leased by the owner, operator or agent duly authorized under a separate contract. The ERTV may also be suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard or the State Department of Ecology. ERTV services can be purchased directly via Foss Dispatch (206-281-3800). To see if a valid WSMC record is available, check the list of ships registered on the Washington State Maritime Coop website