Honduras – new requirements for oil spill responses

Correspondent Agencia Mivigar has advised clients and clubs that the new oil spill response requirements for Honduras which were due to come into force on January 1st 2018 have now been postponed until March 31st 2018.

The new requirements will apply to both tank and non-tank vessels. The Honduras Maritime Authority has advised that all vessels will have to nominate an oil spill response organisation (OSRO) which has been approved by the Authority to secure the availability of private personnel and equipment necessary to remove, to the maximum extent practicable, a worst-case discharge, and to mitigate or prevent a substantial threat of such a discharge. One such OSRO currently exists, that being Ocean Pollution Control SA Honduras, which has agreed to contract on an unamended RESPONSECON form in the event of a spill.

RESPONSECON is the standard industry contract developed by BIMCO/ISCO for the hire of specialized spill response services and equipment in the event of an incident in international waters outside the US.

The Honduras Maritime Authority has confirmed that an International Group Club’s Certificate of Entry would be sufficient evidence of insurance to cover the liability of the registered owner for pollution damage for all vessels calling at Honduran ports or requesting anchorage within Honduran waters. The certificate must be submitted to Port State Control officials at least 24 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival together with, for CLC tankers, the vessel’s State Certificate issued in accordance with the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage.