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7/31/2014: Nontank Vessel Response Plan Interim Operating Authorizations Expire.

Interim operating authorization letters that were issued to non-tank vessels submitted for the January 31, 2014 non-tank vessel response plan implementation date expire today. Beginning on August 1 2014, a five year NTVRP approval letter or a valid interim operating authorization letter with an October 31, 2014 expiration date is required in order for applicable non-tank vessels to operate in U.S. waters.

Extensions of interim operating authorization letters were granted only for NTVRPs meeting the statutory requirements described in MSIB 42-13 and which have vessel pre-fire plans certified as acceptable by the identified salvage and marine firefighting provider, when required, as part of their submitted NTVRP.

For further details, view Marine Safety Information Bulletins 42-13, 08-14 and 10-14.

Additional questions should be forwarded to the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, VRP Program via email at

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