Commercial Vessel Compliance

7/26/2017: Updated Ballast Water Management FAQs now available

Editor’s note: This post was updated to clarify the nature of the guidance. The content and links remains the same.

Submitted by the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards

The Coast Guard announced today that updated Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program guidance is available on its public Homeport internet portal.

Two slideshow presentations are available to provide interested readers a “BWM 101” overview of the program and a “BWM Update” on recent developments and activities. These presentations include speaker notes for each slide and will be frequently updated in an effort to keep all stakeholders informed.

Additionally, a revised Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document combines and updates a collection of previous FAQs. These address questions on a variety of current topics, including compliance with Coast Guard regulations, the type approval process for Ballast Water Management Systems, and working with Independent Laboratories.

Visit the Ballast Water Management Program Homeport page to view or download the FAQs and slideshow presentations.

These documents were developed jointly by the Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Office of Design and Engineering Standards, Office of Operating and Environmental Standards, and the Marine Safety Center.

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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