Over the course of 2014, the Network proved capable of expediting enrollment requests from around the world within 24 to 48 hours.
In order to better serve Network participants, the Network is revising its enrollment process by transitioning to an online system for 2015 to more effectively support the needs of participants.
The Network remains confident in our ability to continue to enroll participants efficiently through this new enrollment process. Computer system transitions can be strenuous however we have strived to make this process as seamless as possible for Network participants. We appreciate your patience in implementing this new system.
The Network is enthusiastic for the upcoming year and certain that over time this process will streamline future enrollments for all participants.
With respect to the International Group P&I Clubs review of the Network NTV enrollment application, the Network’s amended APC enrollment forms and terms are in final review with acceptance anticipated promptly.
The Network’s Board of Directors recently adopted 2015 fees for nontank vessels that participate in the Network’s Coast Guard approved Alternative Planning Criteria (APC). The Network nontank vessel APC provides a practical option for meeting the intent of the U.S. Pollution Prevention Regulations and the prescribed oil spill equipment requirements as applicable to the offshore waters of Western Alaska and Prince William Sound Captain of the Port Zones. As a nonprofit maritime organization, the Network’s fees are based on the projected number of vessels participating and the cost of providing the enhanced prevention and response capabilities required by the Coast Guard. The more vessels enrolled in the Network, the lower the fees. Assuming the number of vessels participating in 2015 will be near the same as 2014, the Network Board has projected an overall rate reduction of 11% can be made in 2015, and still allow sufficient funds to implement the APC measures and the prevention and response capabilities.
The Board also modified the categories of nontank vessels to provide a greater flexibility in rates by adding a 25,000 to 50,000 barrel category and a greater than 50,000 barrel category.