The State of California will delay the introduction of strict ballast water quality standards to 2030. These standards are considered to be significantly more strict in comparison to the USCG Final Rule and IMO International Ballast Water Management Convention.
Marc Garneau, the Canadian Minister of Transport, published the new Ballast Water Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 8, 2019. Created after extensive dialogue with industry, scientists, engineers and international partners, the proposed regulations aim to strengthen current rules and reduce the risks to Canada’s environment and economy related to aquatic invasive species.
In order to prevent harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens that get into ships’ ballast water, cause pollution and damage to the ecological environment and human health, China officially acceded the International Convention on the Control and Management of Ballast Water and Sediments on Ships, 2004 in 2018. To assist ship owners and operators understand and comply with this new regulation, Huatai has prepared a circular to introduce the main contents of the requirements.
On December 4, 2018, US President Trump signed the USCG Authorization Act, S. 140, a new bill which includes measures for USCG operations while incorporates the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act. Namely, with this act, USCG is required to draft a policy letter for testing BWMS within 180 days, followed by a 90 day comment period. Totally, the USCG has 360 days after the date of enactment of the Act to come up with a final policy. What is more, this bill has wide implications on US EPA VGP, due in March 2019.
President Trump signed on December 4 the law S. 140, the “Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018”. This law authorizes appropriations for the USCG and for the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2019, reauthorizes the Department of Commerce’s hydrographic services program administered by NOAA through Fiscal Year 2023, and establishes uniform standards for the management of vessel discharge.
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