Applicability: Vessels equipped with ballast water tanks operating in United States waters

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has recently published a Marine Safety Information Bulletin announcing updates to their ballast water management program. The bulletin includes:

  • guidance to comply with Title 33, Code of Federal Regulations Part 151, Subparts C and D
  • a definition of the ‘first scheduled dry-docking’
  • a revision to the terms of the extended compliance date – a vessel’s extended compliance date will now be the ‘next scheduled dry-docking’ after the vessel’s original compliance date.

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