U.S. State of Michigan enacts ballast water regulations

The U.S. State of Michigan this week enacted ballast water requirements for ocean-going vessels entering its ports. If not followed, the requirements could result in a fine of up to USD 25,000. 

House Bill 4603 and Senate Bill 332, signed earlier this week by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm, mandate that all ocean-going vessels must obtain a permit to prove that they will either not discharge ballast water in Michigan ports, or that they will use environmentally sound technology or methods to prevent the discharge of aquatic nuisance species. 

Additionally, the two bills require the formation of a coalition within the Great Lakes to implement similar policies. 

It is understood that the legislation is due to take effect as of 1 January 2007. However, there still appears to be a substantial void in concrete requirements and definitions. INTERTANKO will seek clarification on the requirements of the Act and advise in a future Weekly NEWS. 

Click here for the full text of the Act. 

Contact: Tim Wilkins