CA COFR Fee Increase for Nontank Vessels
The California Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR) has approved emergency regulations that will increase California Certificate of Financial Responsibility (COFR) application fees for nontank vessels and increase the per barrel oil cargo transfer fee for tank vessels effective January 1, 2012.
Nontank Vessel CA COFR:
- Operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels with a carrying capacity of over 6,500 barrels of fuel oil shall submit a nonrefundable fee of $3,250 USD/vessel.
- Operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels that have a carrying capacity greater than 500 barrels of oil and less than or equal to 6,500 barrels of oil, shall submit a nonrefundable fee of $1,950 USD/vessel.
- Operator(s) or owner(s) of nontank vessels that have a carrying capacity of 500 barrels of oil or less shall submit a nonrefundable fee of $650 USD/vessel.
The new nontank vessel California COFR application fees will impact new COFR applications and/or COFR renewal applications from January 1, 2012 onward. California nontank vessel COFR certificates issued prior to January 1, 2012 will remain valid with no increased fee until their expiration. For those clients who expect to have new nontank vessels trading to California waters in early 2012, it would be beneficial to submit the California nontank vessel COFR application and required fees prior to January 1, 2012 in at the current rate in anticipation of this fee increase.
Tank Vessel Per Barrel Transfer Fee Increase:
The per barrel fee is applicable to oil cargoes transferred while in California State waters and is not applicable to bunker transfers. The per barrel transfer fee will be increased to no more than six and one-half cents ($0.065) for the next three years. Beginning January 1, 2015, the per barrel fee will be reduced and shall not exceed five cents ($0.05).
If you have any questions or require assistance with a new California nontank vessel COFR application, please contact Ryan S. Brunelle at email@example.com.
California COFR P&I Certificate of Entry Renewal Process
ECM would like to take this opportunity to remind our clients that have California COFR certificates that each year you are required to submit the renewed P&I Certificate of Entry for each vessel that has a valid California COFR certificate. As per the California Department of Fish and Game regulations, the renewed P&I Certificates are required to be submitted within ninety (90) days from the issuance date. Failure to submit the renewed P&I Certificate of Entry will result in revocation of the COFR certificate regardless of its actual expiration date. The Department of Fish and Game will send out a reminder email at the beginning of next year with instructions as to how to submit the renewed P&I certificates.
If you have any questions regarding the California COFR P&I Certificate of Entry renewal process, please contact Ryan S. Brunelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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