In order to develop your plans, we will require information from you. To expedite this process, please download and complete the appropriate Vessel Characteristics Forms below and return them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of our "Partners in Compliance" program, Witt O’Brien’s Vessel Services prepares the following types of plans:
Required for any vessel that carries oil as cargo in U.S. Waters and for each vessel that is constructed or adapted to carry, or that carries, oil in bulk as cargo or oil cargo residue, and that:
This also applies to vessels which engage in oil lightering operations in the marine environment beyond the baseline from which the territorial sea is measured, when the cargo lightered is destined for a port or place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.
Required for any self-propelled Nontank vessel over 400 gross tons, which operates in U.S. Waters, uses oil as its main propulsion, and does NOT carry oil as cargo.
Required for All Tank vessels calling or operating (within 3 nautical miles) in California waters.
Required for any Nontank vessels (300 gross tons or greater) calling or operating (within 3 nautical miles) in California waters.
Required for any Nontank vessels (400 gross registered tons or greater) operating in Alaska waters (within 3 nautical miles).
Regulation 37 of Annex I of MARPOL requires that oil tankers of 150 gross tons or greater and all Nontank vessels of 400 gross tons or greater carry an approved Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan.
Regulation 17 of Annex II of MARPOL requires that all ships of 150 gross tons or greater that are certified to carry Noxious Liquid Substances (NLS) in bulk shall carry on board a Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan for NLS prepared in accordance with Regulation 17 in Annex II of MARPOL 73/78.
Required for any toll-paying vessel, that intends to transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel. The carrying capacity of a vessel is equal to the sum of the capacities of all oil cargo tanks and fuel tanks.
All commercial vessels 79 feet in length or greater and over 300 gross tons or with a ballast water capacity of more than 8m3 that call US waters (0-3 miles) are required to comply with the VGP and submit a Notice of Intent (NOI). Commercial vessels that are 79 feet in length or greater but are less than 300 gross tons with a ballast water capacity of less than 8m3 are also required to comply with the VGP, but do not need to submit an NOI. With the exception of ballast water discharges, this is not applicable to commercial fishing vessels of any length or non-recreational vessels under 79 feet in length. This is not applicable to recreational vessels as defined in section 502(25) of the Clean Water Act.
In accordance with Regulation 9 of Annex V MARPOL 73/78, every ship of 400 gross tons or greater and every ship certified to carry 15 persons or more must comply by developing and implementing a Garbage Management Plan.
Applicable to vessels that are designed, equipped and intended to conduct ballast water exchange at sea in accordance with the “International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004”, the associated IMO Guidelines and national regulations addressing ballast water exchange. These plans must be approved by your Flag Administration or Class Society. Additional fees may apply to obtain the appropriate approval.
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