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As your partner in compliance, we help 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. Witt O’Brien’s (fka O'Brien's Response Management) offers a wide variety of compliance services including arranging U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and state vessel response plan preparation, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP) compliance, and other required documentation.

We can assist in arranging special coverages 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; Alaska and California Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFR); and many others.

Key vessel and customs compliance services include:

Compliance and Preparedness 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

Emergency Response Services

  • OPA 90 Qualified Individual (QI) services
  • Incident management team (IMT) services
  • ICS Media/public affairs management services compliance Services

Vessel Inspection Services

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

Contact us on our 24/7 Vessel Services hotline at +1 281 606 4818 or email