PANAMA CANAL TRANSITS

PCSOPEP Coverage

Requirements

Panama Canal Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (PCSOPEP). All toll-paying vessels with 400 MT or more carrying capacity of oil as cargo and/or fuel are required to submit a valid plan 96 hrs prior to arrival to canal waters, otherwise, the vessel will be subject to a fine, with possible delays in her canal transit.

 

The carrying capacity of a vessel is equal to the sum of the capacities of all oil cargo tanks and fuel tanks.

A vessel that meets this criterion shall submit its PCSOPEP to the ACP for verification, and shall be classified according to the following categories:

  • Tier S: vessels with an oil carrying capacity of 400 MT up to 1,000 MT.

  • Tier 1: vessels with an oil carrying capacity of more than 1,000 MT up to 7,000 MT.

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2: vessels with an oil carrying capacity of more than 7,000 MT up to 15,000 MT.

  • Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3: vessels with an oil carrying capacity of more than 15,000 MT.

The submission must be done via email to pcsopep@pancanal.com.

Download the full Requirements here

Authorisation

PCSOEP plans must be developed by organizations or individuals experienced in pollution prevention. Through an arrangement with ECM MARITIME SERVICES LLC, our ship agency provides coverage of Authorized Persons to respond to oil spills in canal waters. Full style of our recommenced Plan writer:

ECM MARITIME SERVICES LLC

1 Selleck Street
5th Floor - Suite 511 
Norwalk. CT 06855 

Tel: +1-203-857-0444
ecm@ecmmaritime.com
www.ecmmaritime.com

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