Honduras - new spill response arrangements for Puerto Cortes

29th May 2018

Further to the News Item published on 24th May, we have now received additional information from the government-approved OSRO in Puerto Cortes, OPC Honduras, as follows: 

1. The December 2017 contract is the correct version of the OSRO contract.

2. The shipowners have two options either subscribe a contract or subscribe a purchase order every time a ship arrives into Honduran Ports.  In either case a Certificate of Coverage will be issued. Normally the stand by fee will be applied per voyage basis.

3. It has to be done in advance due to the fact that the Shipping agency has to notify us at least 48 hours prior to arrival in order to be ready  when the ship arrives into the ports.

4. The stand by fee is calculated according to the GRT of each ship and the following table.

N. GRT OPC/US$ 
1 Liquid Bulk Carriers (including oil tankers greater than 150 GRT)  0.03
2 Cargo Ships(400 to 15,000 GRT) Cargo Ships includes: dry cargo ships, dry bulk carriers, general cargo, container ships, ferries ships, passenger ships, Ro-Ro etc. (it does not includes liquid bulk carriers)  0.026
3 Cargo Ships 15,001 GRT or greater  0.028
4 Oil Tankers less than 150 GRT
Cargo Ships less than 400 GRT
 Exempt

* a Government TAX FEE (15%) should be added.

5. In case of a spill OPC has its own rates depending on the types of incidents that may happen. [NB the rates are currently being assessed by ITOPF.]

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