On Feb. 14, 2011, the USCG National Strike Force Coordination Center sent a message to Oil Spill Removal Organizations (OSROs) regarding the implementation of the new facility regulations that affect aerial oil tracking capabilities and facility response plans.
Currently, Captain of the Ports (COTPs) are reaching out to marine transportation related facilities to advise them that they ARE NOT REQUIRED to submit plan amendments related to aerial tracking requirements found in 33 CFR 154.1045(j) at this time.
33 CFR 154.1045 (j) states "The owner or operator of a facility handling Groups I through IV petroleum oil as a primary cargo must identify in the response plan, and ensure the availability through contract or other approved means, of response resources necessary to provide aerial oil tracking to support oil spill assessment and cleanup activities. Facilities operating exclusively on inland rivers are not required to comply with this paragraph."
The term "inland rivers" is not defined within 33 CFR 154 and is leading to confusion as to which facilities fall under the requirement to provide aerial tracking resources. The term "inland rivers" is a critical factor in determining applicability to 33 CFR 154.1045(j). A determination must be made regarding the term "inland rivers" as used in 33 CFR 154.1045(j), and until this is done, the Coast Guard does not want facilities pursuing changes to their FRP when they may not be required to do so.
This direction is only applicable to aerial tracking resource requirements pertaining to facility response plans.
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