Category: Environmental Response Policy

Recap of 2020 Spill of National Significance executive seminar

Meeting of principles at the SONS Executive Seminar.

Maritime Commons virtually attended the 2020 Spill of National Significance Executive Seminar and is providing a summary of the discussions among federal executives in attendance in order to inform our readers what to expect about how the government operates under the various response regulations and frameworks in play during a SONS.

Recap of the 7th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment

The IMO Sub-Committee on Ship Systems and Equipment held its 7th session at IMO headquarters in London on March 2-6, 2020. A list of key topics discussed at SSE 7 is provided.

MSIB: Novel Coronavirus – Vessel and Facility Response Plans

The Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy has released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-20 as a reminder to facility owners or operators to ensure their facility response plans remain effective.

Membership applications sought for National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee

The Coast Guard is requesting applications from individuals interested in membership on the National Chemical Transportation Safety Advisory Committee. This recently established committee will advise the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on matters relating to the safe and secure marine transportation of hazardous materials.

U.S., Canada sign newly revised Dixon Entrance Annex to the National Canada-United States Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan

The updated annex includes basic content and format changes in accordance with new national guidelines, clearer pollution notification and response protocols, and refreshed references to U.S. Customs Service procedures for transboundary movement of personnel and resources. The new annex also incorporates organizational changes within the two Coast Guards.

Coast Guard Commandant to deliver State of the Coast Guard address in Charleston

During the address, Adm. Karl Schultz will highlight the importance of South Carolina’s ports and waterways to the nation and the vital role the Coast Guard plays in Charleston to ensure continued global security and economic prosperity.

Submission deadline for William M. Benkert Environmental Protection Award extended to March 2, 2020

The Benkert award recognizes corporations and businesses involved in marine facility or vessel operations that have demonstrated sustained excellence and outstanding achievement in protecting the marine environment. Full details available on Homeport.

Don’t miss the January 31, 2020, deadline to submit nominations for the Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications from the maritime industry for the 2020 Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. Applications are due by January 31, 2020.

Gov’t Initiated Unannounced Exercise program requirements for FY20

GIUEs are a cornerstone of the oil spill exercise cycle and a key tool for Captains of the Port to evaluate oil spill response preparedness. One of the key benefits of the GIUE program is the ability for Captains of the Port to identify their biggest risks and apply a structured average most probable discharge exercise to analyze the plan holder’s capabilities.

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