Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/13/2017: BWMS type approval certificates available online

In response to widespread interest from the maritime industry, the Coast Guard will post copies of ballast water management system type approval certificates on its ballast water portal. The Coast Guard Maritime Information Exchange remains the official site of available type approved equipment. However, the copy on the portal allows viewing of the certificate in its entirety, including appendices.  Any inquiries regarding BWMS equipment and operating limitations should be directed to the manufacturer.

For more information on the Coast Guard’s ballast water program, please view the ballast water blog series on Maritime Commons.


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.

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