Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO)
Section 4202 of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90) amended section of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to require the preparation and submission of response plans by owners or operators of certain oil handling facilities and for all vessels defined as tank vessels. The Coast guard created the voluntary oil spill removal organization (OSRO) classification program so that plan holders could list OSRO’s in response plans in lieu of providing extensive detailed lists of response capability needed by a plan holder. OSRO’s are classified based on “core equipment “ that they either own or contract for. This core equipment includes boom, recovery, storage, support equipment such as response vessels and response personnel. The OSRO classification process represent standard guidelines by which the Coast Guard and plan holders can evaluate an OSRO’s capability to respond to oil spills of various sizes.
ACME has been a participant in this Coast Guard OSRO program since its inception. ACME reports to the Captain of the Port of both the Sector for the Lower and Upper Mississippi of for the River/Canal/Inland Environments. The plan calls out facility MMPD and Vessel MMPD for both sectors. ACME’s OSRO classification number is 0010 as amended on July 26, 2006.