AMPD coverage applies only to tank vessels when they are transferring cargo. AMPD coverage is not required for bunkering. Click the link on the side to view the USCG regulations for AMPD.
Vessels conducting cargo operations at a terminal facility are afforded AMPD coverage through the terminal’s AMPD service provider. The only known exception is the offshore mooring at Barbers Point, Hawaii.
We recommend your OSRO be notified of all lightering operations. Your OSRO requires 24 hours advance notice to arrange AMPD coverage. Some areas may require special arrangements and additional fees. Please contact your contracted OSRO provider listed below to arrange and receive confirmation of coverage.
Marine Spill Response Corp. (MSRC)
220 Spring Park Place, Suite 500
Herndon, VA 20170 USA
Tel: +1 800 645 7745
(24 Hrs) +1 732 417 0175
Fax: +1 732 417 0097
National Response Corporation (NRC)
3500 Sunrise Highway, Suite T103
Great River, NY 11739, USA
Tel: +1 631 224 9141
(24 Hrs) +1 800 899 4672
Fax: +1 631 224 9086
Vessels that have MSRC identified as the contracted OSRO in the VRP should contact them directly regarding AMPD coverage using the contact details provided or by completing the online request form available on their website. MSRC will provide confirmation of coverage, NOT Witt O’Brien’s.
Vessels that have NRC identified as the contracted OSRO in the VRP should contact them directly regarding AMPD coverage using the contact details provided, complete and return their AMPD Authorization To Proceed (ATP) Form. Please return the completed form directly to NRC. Witt O’Brien’s does NOT need a copy. NRC will provide confirmation of coverage, NOT Witt O’Brien’s.
Delaware Bay AMPD Coverage
Vessels requiring AMPD coverage in Delaware Bay may also obtain it through a local cooperative, Delaware Bay and River Cooperative (DBRC) rather than MSRC or NRC, the contracted OSRO listed in the VRP.
DBRC’s Voyage Coverage provides protection for your vessel from sea buoy to sea buoy. This arrangement provides you and your Spill Management Team access to DBRC’s vast local resources and knowledge for the duration of your port call for the same fee others charge for AMPD coverage alone. Delaware Bay AMPD coverage requests submitted using the link to the right will have their AMPD requests forwarded to DBRC. DBRC will also provide confirmation of coverage, NOT Witt O’Brien’s.
Hawaii AMPD Coverage – Clean Islands Council (CIC)
Tank vessels intending to conduct cargo/lightering operations in the Hawaiian Islands must enroll with the local OSRO, CIC, for AMPD coverage as well as dispersant and aerial tracking services.
If you would like to arrange coverage with CIC please click the link to the right to complete a brief request form that will be forwarded directly to CIC. CIC will provide confirmation of coverage, NOT Witt O’Brien’s.
Argentina – Annex 18 Coverage
Tank vessels calling Argentina must obtain coverage with a local OSRO to ensure the availability of specified personnel and equipment required under Annex 18 to respond to a discharge within stipulated response times in the specified geographic areas.
To enroll for Argentina Annex 18 OSRO coverage or Uruguay Maritime Law 157 OSRO coverage, please complete and return the NRC Argentina and Uruguay Coverage Addendum directly to NRC via emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. O’Brien’s Response Management does NOT need a copy. NRC will provide confirmation of coverage, NOT O’Brien’s.
All vessels trading within territorial waters of Canada under the Canadian Shipping Act must have a contract with a Certified Response Organization (CRO). Vessels trading to the west coast of Canada must have a contract with the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) arranged through British Columbia Chamber of Shipping (BCCS). Vessels trading to the east coast; St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes of Canada must have a contract with the Eastern Canada Response Corporation (ECRC). This contract is called a Multi GAR (Geographic Area of Response) contract encompassing several Certified Response Organizations that provide the actual cleanup services.
Vessels must also have the Declaration for a Ship that is in Waters South of the Sixtieth Parallel of North Latitude (Canada Declaration). This Canada Declaration is essentially the Vessel Response Plan for Canada.
For assistance in arranging Canadian coverage and completing the Canadian Declaration please submit an electronic Canadian Coverage Request through the links on the side.
California Shoreline Protection (CASP) and Increased On Water Response Coverage
The state of California adopted increased response planning requirements effective October 1, 2009. Although these requirements apply to all California ports, plan holders are only required to obtain additional OSRO coverage for the following areas:
- Port Hueneme
- Santa Barbara Channel – southbound traffic lane only
- Southern San Francisco Bay – south of the San Mateo Bridge in route to Redwood City
- Eureka or Humboldt Bay
- San Diego
Plan holders should contact their contracted OSRO directly if they have vessels calling the areas listed above to obtain the required additional coverage at least 24 hours before the coverage is needed. There may be significant costs associated with this coverage.
Vessels that have MSRC identified as the contracted OSRO in the VRP should contact them directly regarding additional California coverage using the contact details provided above or by completing the online request form available on their website. MSRC will provide confirmation of coverage, NOT Witt O’Brien’s.
Note: Effective January 1, 2016, the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) no longer provides increased on-water response and shoreline protection coverage for vessels calling Port Hueneme or transiting the southbound traffic lanes of the Santa Barbara Channel. This, however, does not affect their ability to provide oil spill response coverage in California nor will it affect the validity of a California Contingency Plan that identifies MSRC as the only contracted OSRO. As a result, a minor update has been made to the O’Brien’s California Base plan to document these changes which affect all O’Brien’s California contingency plan holders.
To address this gap in coverage for those who have MSRC coverage, vessels calling Port Hueneme or transiting southbound in the Santa Barbara Channel will need to obtain additional coverage from the National Response Corporation (NRC) on a per voyage basis:
|National Response Corporation (NRC)
+1 631 224 9141 / +1 800 899 4672
Vessels that have NRC identified as the contracted OSRO in the VRP should contact them directly regarding additional California coverage using the contact details provided above or go to their website to download, complete and return their CASP Authorization To Proceed (ATP) Form. Please return the completed form directly to NRC. Witt O’Brien’s does NOT need a copy. NRC will provide confirmation of coverage, NOT Witt O’Brien’s.