POLLUTION LAWS AND REGULATIONS
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) and Annex I through V of MARPOL 73/78 apply, as well as the Water Quality Standards for Coastal Waters of the Virgin Islands as found in the V.I. Code of Regulations. These regulations address the prevention of pollution by oil, noxious liquid substances (NLS), sewage and garbage.
The above regulations prohibit the discharge of oil or oily waste into or upon the navigable waters of the United States or the Contiguous Zone, if such discharge causes a film or sheen upon or discoloration of the surface of the water, or causes a sludge or emulsion beneath the surface of the water, as well as materials that will settle to form objectionable deposits; floating debris, oil, scum and other matter; substances producing objectionable color, odor taste or turbidity. Violators are subject to a penalty of $25,000.00 as well as civil and criminal charges.
Cost of clean up will be borne by the responsible party.
1. According to the law, the person in charge of a vessel shall immediately notify the U.S. Coast Guard as soon as he knows of any oil discharged. The U.S. Coast Guard must be notified by the fastest method.
2. Failure to notify the U.S. Coast Guard can result in a fine of $10,000 or a year in jail, or both.
3. When the U.S. Coast Guard is notified, the following information shall be provided:
a. Your name
b. Vessel name
c. Vessel Owner’s name
d. Vessel Operator’s name
e. Where the spill occurred
f. Approximately how much oil was spilled
g. Report weather and sea conditions
h. Cause of the spill
Blowing or cleaning of boiler tubes while a vessel is alongside the dock or within the harbor limits is strictly prohibited.
It is unlawful to permit the emission of smoke darker than No. 2 on the Ringelmann scale (see Appendix H). Violation of this law in Limetree Bay may result in fines to the vessel. Terminal personnel record violations and report the same to Local Air Pollution Authorities.
Masters are advised that continued violation can result in the vessel being placed offhire. The vessel will be sailed and not re-docked until the problem is fully resolved.
All ballast water other than that contained in segregated ballast tanks shall be retained on board or discharged via the ballast water system to the shore facility. Discharge of clean segregated ballast overboard is permitted subject to approval by the Authorities and the Terminal.
No petroleum or ballast water (other than clean segregated ballast) shallbe discharged or allowed to escape overboard. Swabs, sawdust or absorbent material used for mopping up spillage must be retained on board or transported ashore for disposal at an authorized facility.
Any leakage or spillage must be reported immediately to the Port Captain and operations suspended until the leakage or spillage has been stopped and cleaned up to the satisfaction of St. Croix Authorities, USCG and Marine Manager. The Marine Manager may mobilize resources to assist in the containment and clean up of pollution without the authority of the Master, but in such action he shall be considered to be acting on behalf of the Master and with his approval.
No vessel shall throw or allow to be thrown overboard any scraps, garbage, slops refuse or other debris of any sort which might pollute, defile or clog the waters of the harbor. All trash and galley refuse must be disposed of in accordance with Marpol 73/78 Annex 4 and 5.
All vessels entering the port of Limetree Bay at HOVENSA LLC must comply with all applicable International Marpol Regulations and U.S. Code of Federal Regulations such as 33 CFR Part 155, Oil or Hazardous Material Pollution Prevention Regulations for Vessels, and 40 CFR Part 140, Marine Sanitation Device Standard.
Prior to arrival, all vessels shall be equipped with a means of sealing all deck scuppers and such scuppers must be tightly sealed while loading and discharging. No spillage may be cleared overboard.
In the case of an oil spill or other pollution, all transfer operations shall be stopped as quickly and as safely as possible and the persons in charge of the vessel and the person in charge of the facility shall be immediately notified.
Vessels will be held responsible for cost of labor and material required to clean up oil spills caused by them in Limetree Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard will be notified of oil spills. In the event of a spill, the Master will be required to submit a written report to include:
1. Name of the vessel
2. Official number
4. Type of vessel
6. International call letters
7. Local agent
8. Master's name, address and license number
9. Chief Engineer's name, address and license number
10. Name of Vessel Owners
11. Name of Vessel Operators
12. Place and Time of Pollution
13. Cause of spill, equipment failure or personnel failure
14. Emergency measures taken to reduce fire hazard
15. Pollutant type and quantity
16. OSRO (Oil Spill Response Organization)
15. QI (Qualified Individual)
This report must be submitted prior to sailing.
Safety and Environmental protection are the number one goal at HOVENSA LLC. The requirements outlined in this Marine and Terminal Port Regulations shall serve as a guide when calling at this Terminal.
These regulations are not all-inclusive. HOVENSA LLC adheres to all applicable rules and guidelines set forth by Federal, and Local
regulations, and OCIMF / ISGOTT. All vessel activities within this Terminal are governed by rules and regulations defined by the U.S. Coast Guard. If at any time these rules and regulations are not being followed, all transfer operations will be suspended. If a vessel fails to comply with the applicable rules and regulations, the vessel will be requested to vacate the berth.