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28 Maritime Professional 1Q 2011
The 15-Point Plan
The US Coast Guard’s 15-Point Selection Criteria per the new OPA-90 Salvage and Marine Firefighting Regulations published at the end of 2008, and set to come into full force early 2011. 1. Resource provider is currently working in response service needed. 2. Resource provider has documented history of participation in successful salvage and/or marine firefighting operations, including equipment deployment. 3. Resource provider owns or has contracts for equipment needed to perform response services 4. Resource provider has personnel with documented training certification and degree experience. 5. Resource provider has 24-hour availability of personnel and equipment, and history of response times compatible with the time requirements in the regulation. 6. Resource provider has ongoing continuous training program. For marine firefighting providers, they meet the training guidelines in NFPA 1001, 1005, 1021, 1405 and 1561. 7. Resource provider has successful record of participation in drills and exercises. 8. Resource provider has salvage or marine firefighting plans used and approved during real incidents. 9. Resource provider has membership in relevant national and/or international organizations. 10. Resource provider has insurance that covers the salvage and/or marine firefighting services which they intend to provide. 11. Resource provider has sufficient up front capital to support an operation. 12. Resource provider has equipment and experience to work in the specific regional geographic environment(s) that the vessel operates in (e.g., bottom type, water turbidity, water depth, sea state and temperature extremes.) 13. Resource provider has the logistical and transportation support capability required to sustain operations for extended periods of time in arduous sea states and conditions. 14. Resource provider has the capability to implement the necessary engineering, administrative and personal protective equipment controls to safe guard the health and safety of their workers when providing salvage and marine firefighting services. 15. Resource provider has familiarity with the salvage and marine firefighting protocol contained in the local ACPs for each COTP area for which they are contracted.
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