USCG issues ballast rule extensions update
Vessel owners and operators are required to comply with the U.S. ballast water regulations provided in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151, Sections 151.1510 or 151.2025, says Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued by U.S. Coast Guard.
Upon a vessel’s compliance date, these regulations require use of one of the approved ballast water management methods listed in the regulations.
One of the approved methods is installation and operation of a U.S. type-approved ballast water management system (BWMS).
If a type-approved system is not available for a vessel, and compliance with the other approved ballast water management methods is not possible, the vessel owner/operator may apply for an extension of the vessel’s compliance date.
Whether a type-approved system is “available” will be based on evidence submitted by the vessel owner/operator with the application for extension.
The length of compliance date extensions, when granted, will be based on the availability of Coast Guard type-approved systems and detailed installation plans. Vessel owners and operators should anticipate that this will not typically align with scheduled dry docking.
Vessel owners and operators are reminded to submit a request for an extension 12-16 months before the vessel’s compliance date.