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Gard Guidance Masters

3.12.6.1 IMMEDIATE NOTIFICATION AND CONTACTS

Should pollution occur in US waters – irrespective of the type of vessel involved – the Master should be familiar with the Vessel Response Plan, which will contain the contact information for the individuals and authorities which must be notified immediately

  • Qualified Individual (appointed under OPA’90 legislation)
  • US Coast Guard National Response Centre Telephone +1 800 424 8802 or +1 202 267 2675, or
  • US Coast Guard Marine Safety Office closest to the spill
  • vessel’s local agent
  • the Company
  • local correspondents whose number can be found in the Gard List of Correspondents.

    Delayed notification or failure to give notice can have serious financial consequences including the imposition of large fines on both individuals and the Company.