As your partner in compliance, maritime consulting from O’Brien’s Response Management helps you meet the many regulatory requirements imposed on vessels trading in U.S. waters.

For companies trading their ships to the U.S. for the first time, our vessel services are designed to facilitate a trouble-free first port call to U.S. waters. We develop the necessary documentation to prepare your vessel to enter U.S. waters in full compliance with OPA 90 and other related regulations. O’Brien’s Response Management offers a wide variety of customs compliance services including arranging Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFR), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and state vessel response plan preparation, EPA Vessel General Permit compliance, and other required documentation. We can assist in arranging special coverage that may be required, including average most probable discharge (AMPD) coverage; Canadian Certified Response Organization (CRO) contracting; California Shoreline Protection coverage; Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (SOPEP); Panama Authorized Person services; and many others.

Key vessel and customs compliance services include:

Emergency Response Services

  • OPA 90 Qualified Individual (QI) services
  • Incident management team (IMT) services
  • ICS Media/public affairs management services compliance Services
  • Vessel Response plan preparation and maintenance
  • OPA 90 exercise compliance
  • Access to proprietary plan management system – VesselPro™
  • VGP compliance verification and training
  • SOPEP/SMPEP preparation
  • Master’s Guides to compliance (Canada, Panama, and US)
  • Regulatory Update Checklists
  • Circulars (Admin, Regulatory, Safety, and Technology Updates)
  • Safety alerts and security advisories
  • COFRs

Vessel Inspection Services 

  • Pre-boarding vessel inspection and preparation
  • ISM/ISO audit support services
  • ISPS and vessel security plan audits
  • Navigation audits
  • Environmental compliance Programs (DOJ and voluntary)

Contact us on our 24/7 Vessel Services hotline at +1 281-606-4854 or email

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