Operating & Environmental Standards

9/20/2016: Receipt of application requesting type-approval of BWMS

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) received an application requesting U.S. Coast Guard type-approval for the Optimarin ballast water management system. The application request was submitted by DNV GL, a U.S. Coast Guard accepted independent laboratory, on behalf of the system manufacturer.

“The receipt of the first application for a Coast Guard type-approved ballast water management system represents an important milestone for the future of protecting our nation’s waterways from the spread of invasive species,” said Capt. John Mauger, commanding officer of the MSC.

The U.S. Coast Guard type-approval process and application is described in 46 CFR 162.060. This process requires the independent laboratory to oversee and report on a full suite of testing to demonstrate compliance with the design and performance standards specified in the regulations.

The Marine Safety Center will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. The MSC’s stated goal is to review and reply to each submittal within 30 days of receipt. Once we have determined that an application meets the requirements, the Marine Safety Center will issue a type-approval certificate.

Once a ballast water management type-approval certificate is issued, the U.S. Coast Guard will continue to manage individual vessel compliance aspects as provided for under the existing regulations in 33 CFR 151, Subpart D.

For the more information about the U.S. Coast Guard’s ballast water management program, please visit the ballast water section of Homeport. You can also view previous blog posts related to ballast water on Maritime Commons, for additional information on the ballast water regulations and standards.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. 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.