State law requires that prior to entering Washington waters, passenger, cargo, fishery, and other commercial vessels of 300 gross tons or more and all tank vessels and barges in commercial service must have an approved oil spill response plan and equipment available in the event of an oil spill.
In order to receive the benefits of our oil spill contingency plan coverage, your vessels must be enrolled under the WSMC Vessel Enrollment Agreement.
In 2009, the Washington State legislature passed ESSB 5344 which effects covered Vessels operating in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Click on ERTV Enrollment for more information or visit the ERTV webpage.
For oil spill contingency planning purposes of the Canada Shipping Act, WSMC covered vessels outbound from Puget Sound must have a Juan de Fuca agreement on file with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC). This agreement will only entitle you to transit the Canadian waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and does not permit you to call at a Canadian port or to transit any other Canadian waters. WCMRC fees for this limited purpose are waived. Juan de Fuca registration forms must be filled out and submitted each year to the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia via fax: 604-681-4364 or email: email@example.com. Please use the following links for the latest Juan de Fuca agreements:
* Non-Tanks Vessels: Juan de Fuca Non-Bulk Oil Agreement
* Tank Vessels: Juan de Fuca Bulk Oil Agreement
NOTE: If you have not received your VRP control number please indicate "pending" on the enrollment form and include the submitted date. You may email WSMC with that information once it has been received.