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WAC 173-180-235

Pretransfer conference.

(1) Before the start of an oil transfer operation, the PICs must hold a face-to-face pretransfer conference. If the PICs determine weather conditions prevent safe access, PICs may communicate via radio.
(2) The PICs must discuss and agree upon:
(a) The preloading or cargo plan;
(b) The contents of the declaration of inspection (DOI) required under 33 C.F.R. 156.150;
(c) Procedures for communicating soundings, changing over tanks, and beginning topping off;
(d) Shift change procedures;
(e) Emergency shutdown procedures and identify all means to shut down the oil transfer operation in an emergency; and
(f) Expected weather and/or sea conditions and threshold values for weather and sea conditions above which oil transfer operations must cease.
(3) During a pretransfer conference that involves a covered vessel, the point-of-transfer watch and deck-rover watch must be identified to PICs.
(4) An oil transfer operation will not begin unless a person proficient in both English and a language common to the vessel's officers and crew is present at the pretransfer conference.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 88.46.160, 88.46.165, and chapter 90.56 RCW. WSR 06-20-034 (Order 06-02), ยง 173-180-235, filed 9/25/06, effective 10/26/06.]
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