US ballast water regulations

In Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 07-04 the USCG issued formalised guidelines this week regarding ballast water exchange which become effective on 13 August 2004.

33 CFR Part 151 gives details of "Penalties for Non-Submission of Ballast Water Management Reports”.

Based on the National Invasive Species Act enacted to prevent the introduction of foreign and dangerous marine species into US waters, the daily fine for violating the new rules has been raised from up to $25,000 to a maximum of $27,500.

Click here for a full overview and update of BWM methods and frequently asked questions on the topic on the INTERTANKO web site.

The United States national ballast clearing house web site is available at the following link

Contact: Howard Snaith