Rapid Response

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24/7 Casualty Response

The Rapid Response Damage Assessment (RRDA) program provides an organized team of engineers, naval architects, master mariners and support staff that can respond 24/7 during emergencies. Enrollment in the RRDA program provides the shipowner and operator with the essential technical support needed after a vessel is involved in a casualty. Activating the RRDA team gives the shipowner access to the professional resources needed to conduct the essential structural and stability calculations in an emergency that could result in the loss of a vessel, loss of all or part of its cargo or pollution of the marine environment.

Our RRDA program complies with the Guidelines on Capabilities on Capabilities of Emergency Response Services published by the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) in September 2013.

Regulatory Requirements

The RRDA program complies with the following regulations:

  • MARPOL Regulation 1/37(4), as circulated by Resolution MEPC.117(52), oil tankers of 5,000 dwt of more require access to shore-based damage stability and residual structural strength calculations.
  • MARPOL 73/78 Annex I, Regulation 26 requires a Shipboard Oil Pollution Emergency Plan (SOPEP) for all tankers of 150 gross tons or more and all other vessels of 400 gross tons or more.
  • US Coast Guard requirements of OPA 90 in 33 CFR 155.240 for oil tankers and offshore oil barges, in which owners are required to have “prearranged, prompt access to computerized shore-based damage stability and residual structural strength calculations.”
  • The IMS Code, Section 8, requires the company to establish procedures to respond to potential emergency shipboard situations, including the use of drills and exercises to prepare for emergencies.

Free Enrollment

Owners of new ABS-classed tankers, bulk carriers, large gas carriers, containerships and tank barges receive enrollment in the program without charge and the modelling fee is waived. The first year’s annual fee is also waived. 

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