As a courtesy, Maritime Commons is providing you with a reminder about the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and a piece of that regulation that was initiated in 1990 and finalizes on on January 1, 2015.
The final phase-out date for all single-hull tank vessels and all single-hull tank vessels with double sides or double bottoms, 46 USC 3703A, to operate carrying oil in bulk in U.S. waters, including the Exclusive Economic Zone, is January 1, 2015.
Links to related information regarding the regulation:
46 USC 3703A: Tank vessel construction standards
33 CFR 157.10D: Double hulls on tank vessels
NVIC 10-94: Guidance for determination and documentation of the OPA 90 phase-out schedule for existing single hull vessels carrying oil in bulk
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