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Voluntary certification program membership for tank vessel spill prevention

Our Voluntary Best Achievable Protection (VBAP) and Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) memberships protect the environment by further reducing the probability of oil spills from oil-transportation operations.

Tank vessels can apply to become members in these voluntary spill-prevention programs. By encouraging companies to go above federal regulatory minimums, we improve environmental safety beyond existing regulations.

 

Voluntary spill prevention planning for tank vessels

Marble trophy of two dolphins and the ECOPRO logo

ECOPRO Award for Exceptional Compliance

We do not require that tank ships, tank barges, and articulated tug barges (ATBs) have spill prevention plans. However, operators are encouraged to take voluntary steps and use these standards:

  • Voluntary Best Achievable Protection (VBAP) standards are designed to reduce the probability of an oil spill in state waters by identifying areas where operations can improve the company's environmental safety beyond existing regulations.
  • Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) standards exceed the VBAP standards.

These standards are designed to fill important safety gaps that we have identified as critical for Washington's waters. By encouraging companies to go above federal regulatory minimums, we improve the protection of state waters.

We developed the standards jointly with industry representatives to provide more stringent but attainable operating procedures for today’s proactive marine oil transportation companies. Companies participating in this non-regulatory program will receive public recognition for their commitment to environmental and safety excellence in their vessels’ operations.

Membership

Companies that elect to participate will receive public recognition for commitment to marine safety and environmental stewardship. In addition, company names will be posted on Washington's VBAP or ECOPRO list.

Interested in joining? Take a look at our guidance.

FAQs

Basic info and FAQs

Application Approval

VBAP members

Full members

Company name

Location

Member since

Scorpio Ship Management S.A.M. Monte Carlo, Monaco 2001

Associate members (full membership pending vessel inspection)

No VBAP Associate members at this time.

ECOPRO members

Full members

Company name

Location

Member since

SeaRiver Maritime Inc.

Houston, Texas USA

1999

Alaska Tanker Company, LLC

Beaverton, Oregon USA

2002

M.T.M. Ship Management Pte. Ltd.

Singapore

2003

Thenamaris Ships Management Inc.

Athens, Greece

2003

Island Tug and Barge Ltd.

Vancouver, B.C., Canada

2004

Crowley Petroleum Services (ATB Division)

Seattle, Washington

2004

Crowley Petroleum Services, Inc. (Tanker Division)

Seattle, Washington

2014

Polar Tankers, Inc.

Houston, Texas USA

2009

Associate members (full membership pending vessel inspection)

No ECOPRO Associate members at this time.