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What's at Stake
Are you at risk of unlimited liability under OPA 90? Ship owners relying on vessels of opportunity for their Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting response to offshore incidents do not comply with the Clean Water Act or the Salvage and Marine Fire – Fighting Regulations In the event of a spill, the vessel owner may be found in violation of an operating regulation of the USCG, and subject to unlimited liability.
Your Challenges. Our Solutions
Below are questions you should be asking to mitigate risk in your vessel response plan to ensure a compliant response for first responder services with SMFF regulations.

Are the response vessels listed in the Geographic-Specific Appendix (GSA) for each COTP zone contractually-obligated to respond at the time of an incident?

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Answer

All of our response vessels in the continental U.S. are contractually bound to respond immediately and we’ll show you the contracts that say so. It’s your legal and fiduciary responsibility to ensure by contract that the resources are available to respond.

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Since every minute counts when an incident occurs offshore with lives and the environment at risk, in what state of readiness are your response resources, equipment and personnel?

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We have planned and tested that all of our response vessels are maintained and operational 24/7, can be refueled within the hour, and built for fast response with an average cruising speed of 20 knots. All of our boat operators are properly licensed with offshore mariner licenses and have years of experience who work 24/7 in all types of weather and sea state conditions year-round.

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Have you reviewed the contracts and subcontracts to ensure there are established, agreed upon fees, terms and conditions for your response resources in the event of an offshore incident?

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We provide simple clear understanding of fees for services and responsibilities in our contracts so you won’t be overcharged by being caught off guard negotiating in the 11th hour. 

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Complimentary Evaluation
If you answered NO to any of the above questions, then you may be held liable for unlimited liability in the event of an offshore incident. We’d like to help you mitigate your risk, so contact us for a complimentary evaluation of your Vessel Response Plan.
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ROR's network will seamlessly supplement a vessel's existing Vessel Response Plan (VRP) by providing the resources in each COTP zone capable of delivering the surveyor, fire team, and firefighting equipment.
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WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
If the requirement that owners or operators of covered vessels are to ensure by contract or other arrangement a prompt and adequate response to critical events threatening the discharge of oil or other hazardous materials and otherwise threatening life or property on the affected vessel or elsewhere, ‘contracts’ that only promise to respond when the resources are available are not appropriate. Such ‘contracts’ are classic examples of illusory promises, or if you prefer letters of intent. And illusory promises, including letters of intent, are not contracts at all.
- Joseph W. Dellapenna, Attorney-at-Law and Retired Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
Unless the contract or contracts entered into by a Plan Holder make sure that the responders are capable of providing adequate salvage and marine firefighting resources the Plan Holder is not in compliance. As the Regulation itself recognizes by explaining that that it sets out planning not performance requirements, this does not mean that any untimely response will necessarily indicate that a Plan Holder has failed properly to ensure an adequate response. The plan holder must however take reasonable steps to make certain, not merely likely or possible, that there will be an adequate response.
- Jonathan Gutoff, Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING
The violation of a federal safety regulation can expose, and has exposed, vessel operators to unlimited liability under OPA ’90. Failure of vessel owners to “ensure” an adequate response to on-board fires, as required by the regulation, threatens them, and their insurers, with unlimited liability.
- Jonathan Gutoff, Professor of Law at Roger Williams University School of Law
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OUR TEAM

Nicholas Nedeau
Chief Executive Officer
nnedeau@rapidoceanresponse.com

Capt. Whit Smith
President
wsmith@rapidoceanresponse.com

Capt. John Cameron
Chief Operating Officer
jcameron@rapidoceanresponse.com

Patrick Coyne
Chief Financial Officer
pcoyne@rapidoceanresponse.com

Jay Smith
Vice President and
General Council
jsmith@rapidoceanresponse.com

Christine Schwarz
Director of Sales and Marketing
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CONTACT

Rapid Ocean Response Corporation
360 Concord Street
Suite 103
Charleston, SC 29401

Office Telephone:
(855) 777 -RORC (7672)

For more Information:
info@rapidoceanresponse.com