California Clarifies BWMS Position

Press Release
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Installation or use of an USCG accepted Alternative Management Systems (AMS) does not waive a vessel's requirement to meet the California Code of Regulations ballast discharge performance standards.

In accordance with the California Public Resource Code and California Code of Regulations, vessels may manage ballast water using an alternative, environmentally sound method approved by the California State Lands Commission or the USCG as being at least as effective as ballast water exchange, using mid-ocean waters, in eliminating nonindigenous species.

As any USCG accepted AMS must demonstrate efficacy at least as effective as mid-ocean exchange, used of such accepted systems for the treatment of ballast water prior to discharge within California waters shall qualify as being in accordance with the Public Resource Code and therefore may be used in place of ballast water exchange.

Vessels using USCG accepted AMS in California waters must indicate the specific system used on the Ballast Water Reporting form. Vessels discharging ballast treated with USCG accepted AMS in California waters must also fill out the "Ballast Water Treatment Technology Annual Reporting" form and the "Ballast Water Treatment Supplemental Reporting"
form.

Installation or use of an USCG accepted AMS does not waive a vessel's requirement to meet the California Code of Regulations ballast discharge performance standards. Vessels with such AMS in place will still be subject to California's Performance Standards for Ballast Water Discharges, and once the regular goes into effect, it will be incumbent on the vessel to comply with the discharge standards.
 

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

Cosco Boxship Detained Over Illegal Arms

Colombian authorities detained a vessel operated by China's largest shipping group for illegally transporting thousands of cannon shells, about 100 tonnes of gunpowder

Kvichak, Vigor Announce Merger

Merger positions combined company to play a dominant role in recapitalization of North Pacific fishing fleet and emerging Arctic oil gas operations. Kvichak

'Governments Must Act to Save Thousands of Migrants'

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean Sea is spiralling out of control. EU Member States must act urgently to prevent the loss of thousands more lives,

Ballast Water Treatment

Added Value Innovation Drives Control of BWTS

Specifying for ballast water treatment systems can be a difficult process. Ian Hamilton, sales manager for marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, offers guidance.

Wärtsilä BWM Systems for Chemical Tankers

A series of eight new 33,000 DWT chemical tankers, currently under construction in Asia, will feature Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS)

Vessels for the Future – New R&D Initiative

Looking ahead to 2020 and beyond, both maritime and inland waterways will be under ever increasing pressure, as we use them for transport, recreation and commercially.

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2565 sec (4 req/sec)