OPA ’90 Services

QI / AP / AI

OPA 90 requires vessel owners/operators to identify a Qualified Individual (QI) and at least one alternate who meet the following standards:

  • Speak and understand English
  • Reside in the United States
  • Can be available on a 24-hour basis
  • Have contracted authority to implement removal action
  • Have written authority to activate and contract response resources, serve as liaison with Federal and State On-Scene Co-ordinators, and obligate funds for response activities

ECM’s trained and experienced QIs are strategically located to provide effective nationwide coverage. Our personnel come from diverse backgrounds bringing a broad base of experience in emergency response management; response techniques; marine operations; regulatory planning; training and exercise compliance; as well as related technical and claims expertise.

ECM’s QIs also perform the roles of “Authorized Individual” for those vessels trading in Canada and “Authorized Person” for non-tank vessels trading in Texas. ECM (Panama) S.A. performs the Authorized Person services as required under the PCSOPEP regulations.

In addition to responding to actual casualties, our on-going participation in federal, state and local government workshops, exercises and training sessions keep our QI team current on the latest issues impacting the industry. This participation helps us maintain open lines of communication with public interest groups, regulatory agencies and contract resources.

Spill Management Team Services

ECM Maritime is your first line of defenseā€¦24 hours a day

ECM’s team approach provides a wealth of knowledge to assist vessel and barge owners/operators, facilities and offshore interests. We represent one of the largest concentrations of oil and chemical response expertise in the US and Canadian markets. Our personnel frequently train and exercise their skills in the Incident Command System (ICS), the Unified Command Structure (UCS) and in emergency response operations and management procedures.

Our staff has responded to hundreds of spills involving oil and hazardous materials. Key positions within the ICS are staffed with qualified personnel from ECM and our nationwide response network. Expertise within our staff and nationwide response network includes media relations, third party claims, Natural Resource Damage Assessment and trajectory modeling.

Who Reccomends ECM’s OPA ’90 services

Giuseppe Zarcone, Ships Manager at Norbulk Enterprise Ship Manangement srl
“Highly recommend OPA 90 and QI services granted by messrs ECM. Strong presence and long good reputation in USA.”

Ugur Esmer, Arkas Shipping
“We have used ECM for OPA 90 QI with great satisfaction for many years.

Sebastien Soldo, Safety Security Environment Marine Division Manager at CMA CGM
“I highly recommend ECM as Qualified Individual. Each time we needed their assistance, ECM teams responded in a very professional and efficient way.”

Amit Jain, Director Marine at Unix Line Pte Ltd
“We are very satisfied with the service of ECM as QI and would highly recommend their service to anyone looking for quality.”

Mike Symons, Quality Manager – CSO at Global Marine Systems Ltd
“Global Marine Systems Ltd rely heavily on ECM to provide the OPA90 QI for our vessels that operate in the US and we have been extremely satisfied on the service, support and reliability they provide 24/7.”

Nikolaos Moschoutis, Maritime Consultant & Principle Surveyor at ALS Marine Ltd at ALS Marine

Alan Downs, Yacht Manager at YCO yacht

Carina Wermelin, HR & Quality Director at Laurin Maritime