To ensure that it performs and reports spill volume calculations quickly and accurately, the spill office should collaborate with the Coast Guard to establish spill calculation protocols, including transportation needs and the sharing of each entity-s calculations. The spill office should also establish procedures to ensure that staff promptly report spill calculations to the state coordinator. Further, the spill office should include spill calculations as part of its drills.
The "Joint USCG/OSPR Protocol for Oil Spill Quantification" was written by OSPR in early 2009 and submitted to the Coast Guard's Eleventh District by March, 2009. See the attached protocol. The Coast Guard's District Commander determined that the proper place for the protocol was in each Federal On-Scene Coordinator's Area Contingency Plan (ACP). The protocol is to be placed in the ACP addendums and will be referenced in the ACPs at the next scheduled update. Quantification has become a standard element in our required oil spill contingency plan drills. The protocol was properly used in the recent DUBAI STAR incident on October 30, 2009 to the satisfaction of the Unified Command (e.g. the Federal On-Scene Coordinator, the State On-Scene Commander, and the Responsible Party) and those analyzing the spill response. (See 2009-041 p. 132)
Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.