Information about how to dispatch the ERTV is included in vessel oil spill contingency plan field documents.
Capabilities of the tug:
- Underway within 20 minutes of call-out.
- Able to deploy 24 hours per day to provide emergency assistance.
- Able to hold or tow a drifting vessel, even in severe weather (wind and waves).
- Equipped with a ship anchor recovery chain and line-throwing gun.
- Damage control resources, vessel dewatering tools, and air monitoring instruments staged onboard.
The industry-funded ERTV is managed by the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound. Visit their website for:
- Enrollment information
- Schedule of vessel information
- Rate sheets for tank and non-tank vessels
The Marine Exchange of Puget Sound provides all administrative services, including invoicing, collection of vessel assessments, and payment of ERTV expenses. The Marine Exchange is a member-based, nonprofit corporation equipped for and experienced in providing information about vessels transiting Washington waters, providing various communications services, and sharing information with customers as needed.
Any time the ERTV is deployed on your behalf, we require you to submit a written report to us that includes a detailed description of the incident and what actions were taken. When possible, you should also include photographs to document the incident.
To submit a report, email Sean Orr or by mail at Department of Ecology, Spills Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.