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Salvage / Marine Firefighting. Tim Dickensheets T&T Bisso, LLC Presentation to Caribbean RRT 2 December 2009. SMFF cont. 33 CFR Part 155 Salvage and Marine firefighting (SMFF) Requirements; Vessel Response Plans for Oil; Final Rule dated December 31, 2008

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Salvage marine firefighting

Salvage / Marine Firefighting

Tim Dickensheets

T&T Bisso, LLC

Presentation to

Caribbean RRT

2 December 2009


Salvage marine firefighting

SMFF cont.

33 CFR Part 155

Salvage and Marine firefighting (SMFF)

Requirements; Vessel Response Plans for Oil; Final Rule dated December 31, 2008

Compliance Extended to 22 February 2011


Salvage marine firefighting

SMFF cont.

  • These regulations apply to tank vessels carrying oil as cargo only.

  • What do these regulations primarily require?

  • A list of fifteen criteria the Resource Provider (salvor & firefighter) must meet

  • Response times

  • A contract with funding agreements and written consent between the Plan Holder (vessel owner) and Resource Provider


Salvage marine firefighting

RESOURCE PROVIDER

  • CURRENTLY PROVIDINGTHE RESPONSE SERVICE

  • DOCUMENTED HISTORYIN THE BUSINESS

  • OWN RESPONSEEQUIPMENT

  • TRAINED EMPLOYEES

  • 24 HOUR AVAILABILITYAND HISTORY OFPROVEN RESPONSECAPABILITY

  • TRAINING PROGRAM

  • HISTORY OF DRILLS ANDEXERCISES

  • HISTORY OF APPROVEDSALVAGE PLANS

  • MEMBERSHIP INASSOCIATIONS

  • INSURANCE

  • WELL CAPITALIZED

  • LOCAL EXPERIENCE

  • PROVEN LOGISTICALCAPABILITY

  • SAFETY SYSTEM

  • FAMILIARITY WITH ACPs

Ref CFR 155.4050 (b.1-15)


Salvage marine firefighting

OPA 90 TIMEFRAMES


Salvage marine firefighting

OPA 90 TIMEFRAMES

Ref CFR 155.4030 (b)

“Timeframe starts when anyone in response organization receives notification of a potential or actual incident” Ref CFR 155.4040 (b)


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Contracting

  • Contracting- Highly emphasized in the final regulations

  • To ensure that resource providers will respond immediately and there will be no delay due to contract or funding negotiations, the following is required:

  • “Contract or other approved means”

  • Written contract between the plan holder and the

  • resource provider


Salvage marine firefighting

Additional impacts

  • 18 months to comply (now 26 months)

  • Waiver provisions on compliance

  • A “primary resource provider” who will be the primary point of contact for the planholder, FOSC, and Unified Command

  • Drill and exercises

  • Pre-fire plans

  • Public sector firefighters as listed responders

  • Safety standards (OSHA)

  • VRP compatible with the ACP and NCP


Salvage marine firefighting

Rescue / Towing Vessels

“Emergency towing, also referred to as rescue towing, means the use of towing vessels that can pull, push or make-up alongside a vessel. This is to ensure that a vessel can be stabilized, controlled or removed from a grounded position. Towing vessels must have the proper horsepower or bollard pull compatible with the size and tonnage of the vessel to be assisted. “

“Ensuring the proper emergency towing vessels are listed in your VRP. Your VRP must identify towing vessels with the proper characteristics, horsepower, and bollard pull to tow your vessel(s). These towing vessels must be capable of operating in environments where the winds are up to 40 knots.”


Salvage marine firefighting

Municipal Firefighters

Advantages for a Public Service FF to Consent?

  • Formally make the FD a part of the major casualty response

  • Opportunity for the FD to regularly drill with vessel owners, CG, State officials, port authorities, salvors, etc.

  • Would eliminate a duplication of response services, confusion and conflict

  • If the FD bills the vessel, this would formalize the process and perhaps even guarantee payment

  • Would provide a more effective and coordinated overall response to a vessel fire

    However, it’s a challenge to get that consent!!


Salvage marine firefighting

Current Status

Compliance date changed from June 2010 to February 2011

Proposed Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) to be published

After 30 days, public meeting

Final NVIC published


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Current Status cont.

ASA members are meeting with National Strike Force Coordination Center to develop a Response Resource Inventory (RRI)


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Partnerships

How might the federal agencies, RRTs, Area Committees, Area Maritime Security Committees, etc. assist in improving the response structure?


Salvage marine firefighting

SALVAGE & FIFI ASSETS


Salvage marine firefighting

GLOBAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Tim Dickensheets

[email protected]

713-534-0700

www.ttbisso.com


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