News 23 Feb, 2015

Uruguay OSRO Regulations - Delayed Implementation

We refer to Notice to Members No.24 2014/2015 in which we informed Members of the entry into force on 20 February 2015 of the new Uruguayan Disposición Marítima No. 149 (“the Regulation”), requiring vessel owners to enter into contracts with local Oil Spill Response Organisations (OSROs). 

The International Group has been informed that the Uruguayan Coast Guard has decided to suspend the entry into force of the Regulation pending clarification of certain issues with the OSROs.  The Coast Guard will meet with the OSROs to discuss the position and to determine a future date for the entry into force of the Regulation, which is not expected to be before the 15 March 2015.

Until the date of entry into force of the Regulation is determined, Members trading to Uruguay are recommended to liaise with local agents or the Club’s Uruguayan correspondents to check the current situation.  

Further updates will be provided as the information becomes available.