Commercial Vessel Compliance

1/29/2015: Salvage and marine firefighting core geographical appendices updated

The Coast Guard updated Homeport to reflect the most recently accepted version of Salvage and Marine Firefighting, or SMFF, core geographic specific appendices, or GSAs.

You can view the information by going to Homeport then: Missions > Environmental > Vessel Response Plan Program > Salvage and Marine Firefighting > Important Documents.

Vessel owners and operators who incorporate SMFF provider information in their vessel response plans, or VRPs, by reference must update their VRPs to refer to the most recently accepted version of their contracted resource providers’ SMFF core GSA that is on file with the U.S. Coast Guard.

REMINDER: Tank vessel owner/operators, Types I-IV oil, and nontank vessel owner/operators, self propelled vessels above 400 GT, are responsible for determining the adequacy of the salvage and marine firefighting resource providers included in the Vessel Response Plan, according to 33 CFR 155.4050 . The Coast Guard’s VRP review does not relieve the vessel owner/operator of the responsibility to select adequate resource providers.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.