The circular provides guidance based on the 2012 ballast water regulatory amendments. In 2016, new compliance dates took effect for regulations that set the implementation schedule for BWM discharge standards for both existing and new vessels that use Coast Guard approved BWMS.

Additionally, the regulations incorporated various compliance options for vessel owners or operators (to include masters, agents, and persons in charge), such as a vessel to use an Alternate Management System (AMS) until they reach their compliance date for installing a Coast Guard approved BWMS or employ one of the BWM practices or methods set forth 33 Code of Federal Regulations 151 Subpart C and Subpart D regarding BWM requirements.

Vessel masters, owners, operators, agents, or persons-in-charge of US and foreign flag commercial vessels that are equipped with ballast water tanks and operate in waters of the US shall comply with the BWM regulatory requirements.

The Coast Guard encourages shipping agents to assist with the communication and coordination process that takes place before a vessel arrives into a US port. Reminding vessel masters of BWM reporting, operational, and recordkeeping requirements helps ensure efficient compliance verifications during USCG vessel examinations.

This circular replaces NVIC 07-04, entitled “Ballast Water Management for the Control of Aquatic Nuisance Species in the Waters of the United States,” of June 17, 2004, as well as 07-04 Change-1 of October 29, 2004.

Find the official circular herebelow: