WSMC PLAN - IG GUIDELINES

NOTE: WSMC ENROLLMENT AGREEMENT NOW MEETS ALL IG GUIDELINES AS OF DECEMBER 13, 2013

Recently P&I Club circulars have been disseminated which noted an issue associated with oil spill coverage contracts or vessel enrollment agreements being in conformance with the International Group of P&I Clubs (IG) guidelines. This announcement is not new information and does not now affect, nor has it ever affected, the operational capability of WSMC to provide an approved response plan in the state of Washington. The IG guidelines do not affect our member’s enrollment or coverage under our state of Washington approved response plan.

The conformance issue is a long standing one associated with WSMC’s original formation charter as a non-profit membership organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors. WSMC is not the only non-profit oil spill response plan or equipment provider that is not in compliance with similar aspects of the IG guidelines.

In WSMC’s continuing efforts to better serve our membership, WSMC is reviewing and considering amendments to its vessel enrollment agreement while actively working with the IG to make it consistent with the IG guidelines.  Resolution of this issue is anticipated.