• Any extension request will be bolstered if the vessel owner/operator demonstrates an understanding of how to match the operating profile of their vessel to the operating profile of a Coast Guard type approved BWMS.While the Coast Guard understands that no single system is appropriate for every vessel, it is incumbent upon vessel owners/operators to employ engineering and operational solutions in order to install approved systems.
Today the Coast Guard issued an update to procedures for requesting extensions for compliance with Ballast Water Management regulations found at 33CFR part 151.
This update was issued in response to hundreds of extension requests and dozens of questions received by the Coast Guard which indicate a widespread misunderstanding of the previously issued guidance, and an associated need for additional clarity and certainty for all stakeholders. The goal of the Coast Guard compliance extension procedure is to provide reasonable flexibility to ship owners and operators, where appropriate, while ensuring steady progress toward achieving statutory intent in enhancing protection of U. waters from invasive species in ballast water that can damage the environment and harm our economy.
Vessel owners/operators should proactively engage their Flag State, Classification Society, and the US Coast Guard as they develop compliance strategies in order to avoid ship delays or lapse in eligibility to trade in U. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations.
These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.
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This update applies only to requests for extensions beyond the current compliance dates.
• Because Coast Guard type approved BWMSs are available, future extensions will no longer be linked to the vessel dry dock cycle.
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