4/11/2019: CMA Shipping 2019 – Industry oil spill response and salvage experts meet for panel session, “An accident, a grounding, a collision, oil in the water, fire, people missing, news helicopters overhead”

Capt. Ricardo Alonso, chief of the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy at Coast Guard Headquarters, came together with industry oil spill response and salvage experts April 3, 2019 for a panel session titled, “An accident, a grounding, a collision, oil in the water, fire, people missing, news helicopters overhead – this is the stuff of nightmares” during CMA’s Shipping Conference 2019, in Stamford, Connecticut.


11/15/2018: Evaluation and activation of salvage marine firefighting resources

In most Captain of the Port zones, primary SMFF providers rely heavily on subcontracted resources to meet the SMFF requirements. The availability, capability and intent of all required resources to respond is critical in determining compliance with federal SMFF regulations. Because of this, it is crucial for the plan holder to understand the relationship between the primary SMFF provider and the provider’s subcontracted resources. By doing this, plan holders will be able to identify discrepancies or gaps and make the necessary corrections to maintain compliance with SMFF planning requirements. In this post, the Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy offers information to assist Vessel Owner/Operators in understanding the SMFF requirements to ensure compliance with regulation, and when VRP activation is required.


4/18/2018: Salvage and Marine Firefighting Verifications in conjunction with Vessel Response Plans: The First Year

In this post, the assistant commandant for response policy provides an overview of the scenario-based salvage and marine firefighting verification process, instituted in April 2017, and a look at what’s been accomplished during the program’s first year to evaluate compliance specific to applicable salvage and marine firefighting planning criteria.