CALIFORNIA OSPR TO RESUME UNANNOUNCED DRILL PROGRAMME FROM 1 NOVEMBER 2002 – ALERT SHIPBOARD PERSONNEL!

The OSPR has indicated that their primary focus in resuming the programme will be to test the ability of plan holders to make timely notifications to appropriate authorities and to ensure deployment of resources to meet 3-hour response planning standards.

Members are advised that the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) has advised they will resume their unannounced drill programme effective 1 November 2002. The OSPR has indicated that their primary focus in resuming the programme will be to test the ability of plan holders to make timely notifications to appropriate authorities and to ensure deployment of resources to meet 3-hour response planning standards. However, OSPR does not rule out the possibility that they may on occasions require the deployment of OSRO resources as part of an unannounced drill. In this case the contingency plan holder would be required to pay the cost of that activity and the Qualified Individual would be expected to commit the necessary funds for activation and deployment of the OSRO resources.

 

Masters/officers should be advised of OSPR’s unannounced drill programme and to ensure they are familiar with the notification procedures. The drills will follow the guidelines OSPR published on 25 April 2001. Please be aware that, the California Office of Emergency Services has a new 24-hour emergency number. We have been advised that the old emergency number will operational for at least one year during the changeover. Please update your records with the new contact details presented:

 

California Office of Emergency Services

3650 Schriever Avenue

Mather, CA 95655 

 

Phone:           +1 916 262 1621 (24 hrs.)

Phone:           +1 916 845 8911 (New - 24 hrs.)

Alt. Phone:     +1 800 852 7550 (U.S. phone only)

Fax:               + 1 916 262 1677

Fax:               +  1 916 845 8910 (New - 24 hrs.)

 

INTERTANKO has previously challenged California's authority to deal with OSRO drilling. Given this announcement of the state’s intention to resume the programme, we are pursuing the issue with the USCG and with the California OSPR. INTERTANKO will continue to monitor developments and members are encouraged to report to INTERTANKO if they are involved in any unannounced drill. Please also refer to a previous article we published on this issue by accessing <http://www.intertanko.com/artikkel.asp?id=2430>

 

Contact: Dragos Rauta mailto:dragos.rauta@intertanko.com