USCG Ballast Reporting Requirements

In an effort to facilitate the filing of Ballast Water Reporting Forms, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) has introduced a number of electronic formats of the forms for use by ships. The forms are to be submitted to the National Ballast Water Information Clearinghouse (NBIC).

These new electronic formats allow the forms to be submitted in any of the following ways:

  1. MS Word email attachment;
  2. PDF email attachment;
  3. On-line entry via the MBIC website;
  4. by downloading the PDF form, completing it offline, then connecting to the web and transmitting the form when the SEND button is clicked.

The USCG note that these forms must remain in the formats available or they may not be accepted by the NBIC.

The NBIC forms can be downloaded using this link

On the issue of reporting forms, the USCG continues to work on regulations establishing penalties for the non-submission of these forms.

Contact: Tim Wilkins