The Chamber of Shipping is authorized to register response arrangements between vessel owners and WCMRC. The following documents must be completed and submitted with payment to effect an agreement.
Ship (Non-Bulk Oil) Membership Agreement or Ship (Bulk Oil) Membership Agreement
To register a vessel, a Membership Agreement form must be completed for each vessel and signed by the authorized signatory (see below for an explanation) and forwarded to the Chamber of Shipping (COS) with the appropriate fee prior to the vessel’s arrival. The annual registration fee is $775 and an additional $175 agency fee for non-COS member companies may apply. Only the fillable pages need to be returned. Please note that Schedule A (Additional Arrangements Form) is provided for owners/operators wishing to register more than one vessel in their fleet.
International vessels are zero-rated for GST purposes, but must complete Schedule 1 (Satisfactory Evidence as Proof of Non-Residence and Non-Registration for GST Purposes). Should a Schedule 1 not be submitted and on file, the responsible parties will be subject to GST on the registration fees and applicable taxes on service rendered.
The “Declaration for a Ship that is in Waters South of the Sixtieth Parallel of North Latitude must be completed and kept on board the vessel and provided upon request by a Canadian authority. Vessels that are unable to demonstrate that coverage is valid may be subject to an administrative monetary penalty.
Download declaration (.pdf):
Declaration for a Ship south of 60th Parallel
All completed and signed pages may be emailed to email@example.com or faxed to (604-681-4364) . Upon receipt of the applicable fee, a contract number will be issued for the vessel. Copies of the fully executed agreement will be returned to the issuing agency.
Who should be named Authorized Person on the Ship Membership agreements?
According to the Canada Shipping Act (2001) as listed in Schedule 3, the on-board declaration should identify every person who is authorized to implement the arrangement with the response organization.
In the case of a spill, the Master of the ship will become involved in on-board related activities. This is stated in MARPOL’s shipboard oil pollution emergency. Outside of the ship, a person or persons other than the Master can help to coordinate an immediate and concentrated response outside the confines of the ship.
Do you need help with determining who should be identified in your declaration as the Authorized Person or persons in your organization? Contact Helen Newton at the WCMRC for further assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org or by tel: 604-294-6001 ext 200.
Payment guide for oil spill response arrangements:
Account details for wire transfers:
Bank Name: Bank of Montreal
Bank Address: 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V7X 1L7 Tel: 604-665-2726
Account: Transit No.: 004 Account No.: 1630-113
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