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Marine Surveys White Paper

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Marine Surveys White Paper
GMCG White Paper - Marine Surveys White Paper May 2021
The balance is between being reactive to issues related to marine surveys and taking proactive action that will eliminate the potential for detentions, fines and other regulatory processes that can affect shipping operations

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

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Maritime Training White Paper
Training is not what it used to be: the world has changed, will change even more and in the case of the maritime sector, there will be greater upheavals to come. But the essence of any training is the knowledge, experience and adaptability of those at the front end of this training. In 2021 the effects of the global pandemic will shape the future of maritime training as more opportunities for detailed remote learning come online. Maritime training is racing to keep up with the skillsets of new entrants who are looking to use their technological skills in their new roles.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

Maritime Cybersecurity White Paper

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Maritime Cybersecurity White Paper Dec 2020
Time moves on and from 1 January 20201 there is a new IMO Code to help combat cyber-crime in the maritime world.

Crime has also moved on: in the 21st century the simple theft, the stealing of property and goods seems so far in the past to the modern breed of cyber-criminals. Today’s crimes against business operations are centred on intellectual theft; on the damaging corruption of electronic systems; the hacking of sensitive databases; the desire to damage both reputation and confidence in business brands and often, just the hijacking of business systems to cause mayhem and financial damage.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

Ballast Water White Paper

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Ballast Water White Paper
International Ballast Water Management Convention – 8 September 2017, MEPC 71 reached a highly anticipated compromise agreement on the implementation dates for the so-called D-2 discharge standard. Estimates from industry sources suggest that between 2019-2024 around 40,000 ships will have to install new ballast water treatment systems to continue trading at an estimated cost to the industry of maybe $80 billion.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

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Telemedicine White Paper
Working onboard any vessel in high seas presents a set of unique problems for any seafarer: it is a hazardous and generally isolated environment with little access to family and friends, no holidays while at sea and always posing a health hazard both physically and mentally to even the most experienced.
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The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

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REGULATION STRANGULATION GMCG AUG 2020
The Covid-19 global pandemic has raised issues related to responsibility and judgement which effectively means a Captain is the sole arbiter and decision-maker in what are now turbulent and unprecedented times. One of the issues the global pandemic has raised has been that of communication and this has had a dramatic effect on the duties of senior mariners adding further pressures to an already heavy workload. The Captain’s role has always been a lonely one but in dealing with a global pandemic and its related matters, the Captain is now finding even more pressure and administration to deal with.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

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The world has changed and more specifically, so has the maritime world: the old ways of working are still intact; the dependency on real people, the seafarers, the port workers and the myriad of associated human elements interacting together are all still there. Increasingly the shipping industry is embracing digital ways of working, which is helping employees work together more easily and efficiently and for new technologies to become the new normal.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

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Compliance Still the Key to Success White Paper
Compliance Still the Key White Paper June 2020
The world’s shipping fleet accounts for more than 94% of all global trade movements and yet the environmental pressures and quest for alternative fuels have obscured this fact. What is essential for the maritime industry is that it learns to work within this new environmental framework and still provide a reliable and dependable global supply chain. To achieve this we need to look at the financial and operational issues that six months into the IMO global sulphur cap are now coming to the fore.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

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Charting a Course Post COVID-19 White Paper
CHARTING A COURSE POST COVID-19 White Paper May 2020
The world is now starting to emerge from the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic that has caused terminal damage to many
industries. Shipping has not escaped the effects of the virus and in this short white paper we are looking at the post-pandemic issues and how the maritime sector will have to change to survive. There is no doubt that the shipping industry will see a whole new way of operating as the human element of the industry is so vulnerable and affected by the pandemic. Many maritime shipping organisations rely on a combination of digital technology and experienced and knowledgeable people to remain competitive and relevant: but in a world where people will need to be shielded from each other in some circumstances, there needs to be a realignment of the operations we have been used to.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.

The Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP)

Overview

The purpose of the PCSOPEP Program.

PCSOPEP is a program that seeks to implement emergency preparedness strategies for Panama Canal waters. The PCSOPEP aids the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) in minimizing the consequences of spills and emergencies by safeguarding life, reducing the impact on the environment, and ensuring the continuous operation of the Canal.

Vessels have the responsibility to comply with the provisions of PCSOPEP and, in the event of a spill, shall activate its own plan and notify the ACP, as stated in the Regulation on Navigation in Panama Canal Waters, Chapter IX, Section Four, following the procedures developed herein.

Applicability

Commercial Vessels: The provisions apply to toll-paying vessels that transit the Panama Canal with a 400 Metric Ton (MT) or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel.

PCSOPEP program requirements do not apply to:

  1. Military Vessels
  2. Auxiliary Vessels on government non-commercial service.
  3. Local call vessels not scheduled for transit.

Plan Elaboration and Requirements

PCSOPEPs shall be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention and response that comply with the following requirements:

  • Provide proof that the organization or individual has experience in the development of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills.
  • Provide a list of plans for marine oil or dangerous substance spills developed by the organization or individual.
  • Provide a training profile or proof of knowledge and skills in this type of work.

The ACP may, at any time, request written proof of these requirements to plan developers or to the vessel’s owner or operator holding a PCSOPEP.

The PCSOPEP can be a standalone document or an annex to an existing SOPEP or SMPEP with adequate cross references. However, neither the SOPEP nor the SMPEP alone can substitute the PCSOPEP

At a minimum, a PCSOPEP must include the following information:

  • Vessel particulars
  • Oil pollution prevention measures for Panama Canal waters
  • Spill notification procedures in a prioritized sequence
  • Record of exercises.
  • Identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.
  • PCSOPEP Tier classification.

Plan Submission and Processing

Vessels must provide the following documents to the ACP for verification, where applicable:

  1. Copy of the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPP) or the

International Pollution Prevention Certificate (IPP).

  1. Copy of the Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP), prepared specifically for the vessel.

Additionally, a copy of the Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP), Annex I, MARPOL, or a copy of the Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), Annex II, MARPOL, must be available upon request.

All PCSOPEP submissions are subject to the following requirements:

  1. Delivery to the ACP, for verification, not less than 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Panama Canal waters. A vessel holding a verified plan does not have to resubmit a PCSOPEP for sub sequent transits, unless it is requested by the ACP or it becomes invalidated.
  2. The delivery must be via electronic mail, in portable document format (٭.pdf) or MS Word™ documents; with only one

plan per electronic mail

PCSOPEP’s Authorized Persons (AP)

The PCSOPEP requires the identification of the Authorized Person and telephone and facsimile where they can be reached on a 24-hour basis.

The authorized PCSOPEP entity or person shall:

  • reside in the Republic of Panama
  • be fluent in either English or Spanish
  • understand the vessel’s PCSOPEP
  • Act as a liaison with the ACP.

In addition, the Authorized Person’s duties include arranging for and posting, on behalf of the vessel, a bond acceptable and satisfactory to the ACP for the payment of the costs that the ACP may incur by reason of the oil spill response and cleanup tasks.

Finally, the Authorized Person should have general knowledge and skills or experience in the Incident Command System and emergency preparedness. Knowledge of spill response operations is optional, but certainly in the best interest of the plan holder.

Vessel Exercises and Records

Vessels must perform PCSOPEP notification exercises to the Authorized Person at least twice a year and must document them for verification by the ACP. These exercises may be conducted outside Panama Canal waters.

At any time, the ACP may require a vessel to perform a PCSOPEP notification exercise and/or to participate in response drills and exercises with the ACP. The vessel must properly document such drills and exercises. Joint exercises, with the participation of vessels and the ACP, will be timely coordinated and will not delay transits.

Vessel exercise records must be kept for at least three years.