Spill Response

Tuesday, 06 December 2016 08:32

WCMRC annual fee to increase February 2017

Please be advised that the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) will be adjusting its annual registration fee for its ship membership agreement from $620 to $775 per year from February 1, 2017.  The bulk oil cargo fee (BOCF) remains unchanged at $1.514 per tonne.  WCMRC is also introducing an additional Trans Mountain Expansion Project bulk oil cargo fee of $5.607 per tonne specific to the arrangement between WCMRC and the Westridge facility.  The fee amendments have been published in the Canada Gazette Part I December 3, 2016 Vol. 150. No. 49 and while they the Gazette does indicate a January 1, 2017 effective date, WCMRC has confirmed that the new fees will take effect on February 1, 2017.
  In the Strait of Juan de Fuca, all vessels calling Pacific Northwest ports in the US and Canada must adhere to traffic lanes which direct vessels to transit US waters inbound and Canadian waters outbound.  As these vessels transit the waters of both countries, all vessels calling into Pacific Northwest ports must comply with the pollution prevention requirements of both countries. In the absence of legislation that would recognize these transits in the shared waters as innocent passage in territorial waters, the Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) and Washington State Maritime Cooperative (WSMC), established a Reciprocal Arrangement Agreement that would waive the fee for vessels in transit only to avoid duplication of the enrolment fees.  This exemption was extended to vessels properly enrolled with the designated response organization in the port of call, i.e. WCMRC (for Canadian calls) or WSMC (for US/Washington State calls). In January 2014, a similar arrangement between WCMRC and the National Response Corporation (NRC) was established following their recent designation as a Primary Response Contractor by the Washington State Department of Ecology.       Vessels bound for Canadian ports Vessels transiting through the Strait of Juan de Fuca and destined for a Canadian port…