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Meeting Regulatory Requirements for Response - Part 2

From the desk of Captain Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE Under OPA 90 and regulations as contained in 33 CFR Part 155, vessels and ports need to address the requirements for Salvage and Marine Firefighting Requirements (SMFF). The regulations were first proposed in the 1990’s under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and were eventually promulgated in 2008, with implementation phased in through 2015. The regulations are quite specific and rely on readiness capabilities in each port district. To be compliant, a SMFF response plan must “ensure” by “contract or other approved means” the availability of private, “capable” response equipment and personnel anytime a Vessel Response Plan (VRP) is activated.

Port Notes: Meeting Regulatory Requirements for Response - Part 1

From the Desk of Captain Jeffrey Monroe, MM, AMPE Most ports and terminals depend on local firefighting personnel or their own firefighters to meet the requirements of 33 CFR Part 155: the section of the US Code of Federal Regulations which covers oil or hazardous materials pollution prevention and response. It may surprise some folks that this section of the CFR can extend beyond tankers to the other types of vessels that most ports handle: container ships, cruise ships, and bulk vessels can face emergency situations that require response by other than port or terminal personnel. Recognizing the impacts of the regulations, as well as the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, several ports organized

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