Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/23/2015: Information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget – Ballast water management for vessels with ballast tanks entering U.S. waters

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The Coast Guard seeks comment on the approval of an extension of a currently approved collection for ballast water management for vessels with ballast tanks entering U.S. waters.

This collection requires the master of a vessel to provide information that details the vessel operator’s ballast water management efforts.

The information is needed to ensure compliance with the management of ballast water, to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species into U.S. waters. The information is also used for research and periodic reporting to Congress.

The Coast Guard needs comments from owners and operators of certain vessels.

View the Federal Register notice for full details.

In particular, the Coast Guard would appreciate comments addressing:

(1) The practical utility of the Collections;
(2) The accuracy of the estimated burden of the Collections;
(3) Ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of information subject to the Collections;
(4) Ways to minimize the burden of the Collections on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

All comments and related material must be submitted on or before May 22, 2015.

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