>Vessel and Facility Response Plans for Oil: 2003 Removal Equipment

>The US Coast Guard is updating its requirements for oil-spill removal equipment associated with vessel response plans (VRP) and marine transportation-related facility response plans (MTFRP). These changes will add requirements for new response technologies and revise methods and procedures for responding to oil spills upon the waters of the United States, adjoining shorelines, and the EEZ. The amendments also revise the compliance date for updates of VRPs required by the salvage and marine firefighting regulations so that plan holders are not required to update their VRPs twice within a 12-month period. The changes come into effect on September 30. 74 Fed. Reg. 45003 (August 31, 2009).