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Spills Program


Certification Programs


Ecology does not require that tank vessels have spill prevention plans. However, tank vessels, tank barges, and articulated tank barges are encouraged to participate in Washington's Voluntary Best Achievable Protection and Exception Compliance Program (VBAP/EcoPro).

These standards are designed to fill important safety gaps which Washington state has identified as critical for our waters. By utilizing safety management systems which exceed federal regulatory minimums, we improve the safety of Washington waters.

The standards were developed jointly with industry representatives to provide more stringent but attainable operating procedures by today’s proactive marine oil transportation companies.

For more information visit Ecology Voluntary Best Achievable Protection/EcoPro program webpage.

Clean Marina Program

Clean Marina is an industry-led, certification program between marina managers, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Together, these partners are leading the way in pioneering new and innovative practices to prevent pollution, reduce waste, and communicate best practices to boaters. With more than one-third of Washington marinas certified after 10 years, the program continues to grow, creating enhanced water quality protections and increased member benefits.

For more information, or to request a free, educational site visit, visit the Clean Marina Washington website.