Guidelines for the U.S. Coast Guard Oil Spill Removal Organization Classification Program [open pdf - 545KB]
"Attached are the revised guidelines for conducting the Coast Guard's Oil Spill Removal Organization (OSRO) program. The Guidelines for Classifying Oil Spill Removal Organizations dated April 29, 1997, are no longer in effect. The OSRO classification program was created by the Coast Guard to assist facility and vessel response plan holders in the writing of their plans. The sole regulatory benefit that plan holders receive from utilizing Coast Guard classified OSRO's is the relief from providing voluminous detailed lists of response resources in their plans. The OSRO classification program was created to be and remains a voluntary program. Volunteers simply receive their classifications as outlined in these guidelines but are neither endorsed, certified or recommended by the Coast Guard. We continue to stress that using a Coast Guard classified OSRO does not in any way relieve plan holders of the responsibility to ensure that their specific response needs are met. The revised classification guidelines provide an indication of an OSRO's response capability by Captain of the Port (COTP) zone. They do not, however, represent a 'one size fits all' solution."
USCG Sector Mobile Digital Area Contingency Plan: http://ocean.floridamarine.org/acp/mobacp/