Hazardous Materials Or Non-Oil Spill Response (HazMat)
Response to a non-oil or hazardous substance spill may be initiated through MSRC on a case-by-case basis. Availability will be determined by a variety of considerations, including (but not limited to):
- Personnel safety
- Availability of suitable equipment
- Access to trained personnel
Several of MSRC's STARs participants are qualified responders to hazardous material spills and may be activated for such a response.
A majority of MSRC's customers conduct operations world-wide and oil spill emergencies can occur anywhere, at any time. MSRC is capable of providing response equipment and personnel to a spill outside of U.S. coastal waters, on a case-by-case basis. MSRC, in consultation with the customer, can customize an airlift package to meet the specific response needs.
MSRC may be called to respond to an oil spill or other emergency in an interior area under certain conditions. Such response activation is not contingent upon MSRC being cited in advance in a response plan for that specific area.
For more information on plan citation in the interior environment of the US, click here.
MSRC has expanded its service offerings to include emergency communications services in response to non-spill emergencies such as hurricanes, floods and fires.
MSRC does not engage in commercial lightering but may assist with emergency lightering in the event of a vessel grounding or other incident presenting the risk of an oil spill. This emergency lightering capability is provided through its fleet of Oil Spill Response Barges (OSRBs).
Salvage and Firefighting
MSRC does not provide these services directly. However, it will assist, upon request in identifying appropriate salvage and firefighting organizations to meet OPA 90 planning and response requirements.