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1 United States Coast Guard Vessel Response Plan Requirements CDR Doug Simpson Sector Ohio Valley Chief, Prevention Dept

2 United States Coast Guard Background  The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 mandated that tank vessel owners ensure the availability of adequate response resources to respond to a vessel’s worst-case discharge, including fire and explosion.  The VRP regulations published in 1996 were not specific for salvage and marine firefighting requirements.  Following a long history of public meetings, and regulatory postponements, on December 31, 2008, the Coast Guard issued the final Salvage and Marine Firefighting Regulation.

3 United States Coast Guard Regulatory Intent  Ensure appropriate salvage and marine firefighting resources are identified and available.  Handle emergency incidents prior to deterioration into worst case discharge scenarios.  Keep ports and waterways open in a worst case discharge scenario.

4 United States Coast Guard Requirements Salvage: Assessment and Survey HOURS  Remote assessment and consultation 1  Begin assessment of structural stability 3  On-site salvage assessment 6  Assessment of structural stability 12  Hull and bottom survey 12 Table (b)

5 United States Coast Guard Requirements Salvage: Stabilization HOURS  EMERGENCY TOWING 12  SALVAGE PLAN 16  EXTERNAL EMERGENCY TRANSFER 18  EMERGENCY LIGHTERING 18  OTHER REFLOATING METHODS 18  MAKING TEMPORARY REPAIRS 18  DIVING SERVICES SUPPORT 18 Table (b)

6 United States Coast Guard Requirements Salvage: Specialized Salvage OperationsHOURS  SPECIAL SALVAGE OPERATIONS PLAN 18  SUBSURFACE PRODUCT REMOVAL 72  HEAVY LIFT ESTIMATED Table (b)

7 United States Coast Guard Requirements Marine Firefighting PIER NEAR Assessment and Planning (HRS) (HRS)  Remote assessment & consultation 1 1  On-site fire assessment 2 6 Fire Suppression  External firefighting teams 4 8  External vessel firefighting systems 4 12 Table (b)

8 United States Coast Guard Salvage and Marine Firefighting Compliance Issues Contracts and Funding Agreements Certification Statements Resource Questions –Emergency Towing Vessels –Public Resources –Pre-Fire Plans –Technical Amendments TEMPORARY WAIVER REVIEW BY COTP

9 United States Coast Guard Salvage and Marine Firefighting Compliance Issues Contracts and Funding Agreements Certification Statements Resource Questions –Emergency Towing Vessels –Public Resources –Pre-Fire Plans –Technical Amendments Temporary waivers “Geographic specific appendices”

10 United States Coast Guard Salvage and Marine Firefighting Compliance Issues Contracts and Funding Agreements Certification Statements Resource Questions –Emergency Towing Vessels –Public Resources –Pre-Fire Plans –Technical Amendments Temporary waivers “Geographic specific appendices”

11 United States Coast Guard Update & Way Forward Continue to review submitted plans Review geographic specific appendices –Complete the waiver process –Compile resource lists for COTP zones Incorporate marine firefighting & salvage into local drills & exercises Update PREP guidelines to incorporate marine firefighting & salvage Get all plan holders to submit plans

12 United States Coast Guard Discussion


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