Salvor and Marine Firefighter Regulations | DONJON-SMIT

New Salvor and Marine Firefighter Regulations

United States Coast Guard (USCG) 15 Points Selection Criteria

The USCG published new OPA-90 Salvage and Marine Firefighting regulations at the end of 2008.  The final rule can be downloaded here. The new final rule establishes new VRP requirements for the tank vessel owner/operator and provides guidance in the form of 15 selection criteria for the owner/operator to review when choosing their contracted provider of salvage and firefighting resources.

Donjon-SMIT answers YES to all 15 Points:

  1. Resource provider is currently working in response service needed.
  2. Resource provider has documented history of participation in successful salvage and/or marine firefighting operations, including equipment deployment.
  3. Resource provider owns or has contracts for equipment needed to perform response services.
  4. Resource provider has personnel with documented training certification and degree experience (Naval Architecture, Fire Science, etc.).
  5. Resource provider has 24-hour availability of personnel and equipment, and history of response times compatible with the time requirements in the regulation.
  6. Resource provider has on-going continuous training program. For marine firefighting providers, they meet the training guidelines in NFPA 1001, 1005, 1021, 1405 and 1561.
  7. Resource provider has successful record of participation in drills and exercises.
  8. Resource provider has salvage or marine firefighting plans used and approved during real incidents.
  9. Resource provider has membership in relevant national and/or international organizations.
  10. Resource provider has insurance that covers the salvage and/or marine firefighting services which they intend to provide.
  11. Resource provider has sufficient up front capital to support an operation.
  12. Resource provider has equipment and experience to work in the specific regional geographic environment(s) that the vessel operates in (e.g., bottom type, water turbidity, water depth, sea state and temperature extremes).
  13. Resource provider has the logistical and transportation support capability required to sustain operations for extended periods of time in arduous sea states and conditions.
  14. Resource provider has the capability to implement the necessary engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment controls to safeguard the health and safety of their workers when providing salvage and marine firefighting services.
  15. Resource provider has familiarity with the salvage and marine firefighting protocol contained in the local ACPs for each COTP area for which they are contracted.