We require vessels with contingency plans to have technical manuals, which are planning and training documents that support our understanding of the response equipment capabilities of plan holders. We use the technical manuals to inform the five-year Best Achievable Protection (BAP)
review cycle. The manuals support our determination that the response systems, training levels, and staffing demonstrate BAP.
Vessel oil spill contingency plan holders are required to submit technical manuals if they operate or transit in the Neah Bay, Cathlamet, or San Juan Islands planning standard areas. The technical manual must include all of the equipment appropriate for the operating environment that is necessary to meet the recovery and storage requirements for the worst-case discharge through a 48-hour time frame.
Guidance for creating a technical manual
Examples of manuals that meet the requirement
These manuals are created by contractors and approved by Ecology. We do not own or manage them, but we provide them here for educational purposes.
- Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)
- National Response Corporation (NRC)
- Clean Rivers Cooperative (CRC)
Primary response contractors
Many vessel plan holders do not own equipment and rely entirely on their Primary Response Contractor to provide spill response assets. If this is the case, the plan holder may choose to develop a manual that details the equipment assets they can access through their Primary Response Contractor. Or, the Primary Response Contractor can submit the technical manual as an addendum to their Primary Response Contractor application for reference by the plan holder.
If a response contractor submits a technical manual on behalf of their plan holder(s), and lists the plan holder(s) in the manual, they should work with the plan holder(s) to identify relevant information including oil types covered under the plan and worst case discharge volumes covered under the plan.
Public review and comment
All technical manuals submitted will be subject to public review and comment periods.