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Credit For Spill Response

In addition to the Federal COFR requirements, Alaska requires an Alaskan COFR for:

Nontank Vessels

Applicability

Nontank vessels of 400 gross tons or greater intending to operate within three (3) miles of Alaska.

Limiits of Liability

The Alaska liability limits require operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels to demonstrate liabilities equalling $501.60/barrel or a minimum of $8,360,000 for persistent oil and $167.20/barrel or a minimum of $1,672,000 for non-persistent oil.

Assistance

Witt O'Brien's can apply for an Alaska COFR on your behalf. To do so we require a copy of your current P&I Certificate of Entry (COE) showing all deductibles.

Please note that applications and evidence of financial responsibility are subject to a review period of 15 days for new applications and 30 days for renewal applications by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC).

*If a vessel will be operating in Alaskan waters prior to the completion of the 15 day review period, a letter of unanticipated circumstances must be submitted with COFR application explaining why it was not filed at least 15 days in advance.

For Nontank Alaska COFR assistance please complete and return VCF - Enclosure 4 to us at alaska@wittobriens.com.

Tank vessels

Witt O'Brien's cannot apply for a tank vessel AK COFR on your behalf. If you have a tank vessel on spot charter to Alaska for cargo operations the AK COFR is routinely arranged by the Charterer. If not, you can find more information including the application on the ADEC website at right.

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California COFR

In addition to the Federal COFR requirement, California requires a California COFR for:

  • tank vessels and barges that transport oil in bulk across state marine waters;
  • nontank vessels of 300 gross tons or greater which carry oil as fuel; and
  • marine facilities which are located where a spill could impact California marine waters (including marine terminals, marine refueling docks, offshore facilities, pipelines and mobile transfer units.

The California liability limits are as follows:

Tankers: Owners or operators of tankers and large barges must demonstrate the financial ability to pay at least one billion U.S. dollars (USD $1,000,000,000) for damages arising from an oil spill.

Nontanks: Operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels are required to demonstrate $300,000,000 USD in financial responsibility, except those that have a carrying capacity of 6,500 barrels of oil or less, or a carrying capacity of 7,500 barrels of oil or less for nontank vessels owned and operated by California or a federal agency, shall demonstrate their current financial ability to pay the following appropriate amount of financial responsibility:

$2,000,000 for those that have a carrying capacity from less than 1 to not more than 10 barrels;

$5,000,000 for those that have a carrying capacity greater than 10 to not more than 50 barrels;

$10,000,000 for those that have a carrying capacity greater than 50 to not more than 500 barrels;

$18,900,000 for those that have a carrying capacity greater than 500 to not more than 1,000 barrels.

In order to apply for a California COFR on your behalf, we will require a copy of your current P&I Certificate of Entry showing all deductibles. Please note that applications and evidence of financial responsibility will be reviewed by CA DFG within 21 calendar days of receipt.