Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plans (SOPEPs)

MARPOL Annex 1, Regulation 26 requires every oil tanker of 150 grt and above and every ship other than an oil tanker of 400 grt and above, to carry a SOPEP. And of course this includes MOUs, (Mobile Offshore Units) and MODUs (Mobile Offshore Drilling Units).

If the manual is to mean anything it must be tailored to the unit, its construction and its management. It must identify the possible means by which pollution could occur and what action the unit and the company would take to minimize the results. Also, importantly, the manual should contain a comprehensive list of emergency means of communication from the insurance providers, to the emergency response services.

Marex has developed a very large number of SOPEPs, and are accustomed to liaising with the classification societies, who are usually acting on behalf of flag states, as part of the approval process. Anyone with SOPEP requirements, either for single manuals or for series should contact the company for a quotation.

In addition to the SOPEP requirement, there is also a requirement for vessels of more than 150 grt certified to carry noxious liquid substances, to carry a Shipboard Marine Pollution Emergency Plan (SMPEP), which should in addition to the SOPEP requirements, also deal with pollution by the noxious substances carried. Marex is also able to assist with the development of these documents.