United States Ballast Water Regulations

 

The purpose of the guidelines below is to implement the provisions of the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 as amended by the National Invasive Species Act of 1996. The guidelines listed below apply to all vessels operating on U.S.waters. A summary of these guidelines follow:

 

For all vessels operating on waters of the United States:

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued voluntary guidelines (summarized below) for all vessels with ballast tanks operating on waters of the United States.

For all vessels entering waters of the United States after operating on waters beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ):

Additional guidelines, mandatory reporting, and record-keeping exists for all vessels entering the waters of the United States after operating beyond the EEZ of the United States and Canada. The U.S. Coast Guard issued regulations that require ballast water management practices for all vessels entering the Great Lakes and the Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge, after operating on waters beyond the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ). These guidelines are voluntary for all vessels that carry ballast water into the waters of the United States after operating beyond the EEZ; but mandatory for vessels entering the Great Lakes and the Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge:

REPORTING AND RECORD-KEEPING REQUIREMENTS

The ship master, owner and operator, person in charge, or vessel agent must send a signed copy of the following information to the U.S. Coast Guard, and copies of this information must be maintained on board the vessel for at least 2 years.

WHERE AND WHEN TO SEND THE REQUIRED INFORMATION

If any information changes, send an amended form before the vessel departs the waters of the United States.

 

BALLAST WATER REPORTING FORMS AND FURTHER INFORMATION

Reporting forms, instructions, regulations, and additional educational material are available electronically through the Coast Guard Ballast Water Management Web Page:

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mso4/first.htm

 

Or contact:

Further information on the management of ballast water is available at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mso4/first.htm. For specific questions, please contact Lt. Mary Pat Mc Keown, Commandant, US Coast Guard, Operating and Environmental Standards at (202) 267-0500.

 

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