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IMO announces GloBallast successful completion

The final meeting of the GloBallast Global Project Task Force (GPTF), held in Panama City, on 16-17 March, highlighted the legacy elements of the GloBallast project, which are expected to be sustained by its main stakeholders, following the formal closure of the project, in June 2017. Specific examples include GloBallast training packages, to support the capacity-building needs of countries implementing the BWM Convention.

California opposes preemptive federal BWM standards

The California State Lands Commission has unanimously opposed federal legislation that would dramatically increase the likelihood of marine invasive species introductions and water pollution in California by revoking the long-standing right of states to regulate their waters under the Clean Water Act and the National Invasive Species Act.

California releases marine invasive species report

California State Lands Commission (SLC) recently published its 2017 Biennial Report on its marine invasive species program, discussing both ballast water and biofouling and aiming to prevent the introduction of nonindigenous species into State waters from vessels 300 gross registered tons and above that are capable of carrying ballast water.

Marine invasive species reporting requirements for California

The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a letter reminding stakeholders of various reporting requirements related to marine invasive species. The letter addresses issues regarding Ballast Water Treatment Technology Annual Reporting Form; Ballast Water Treatment Supplemental Reporting Form; Hull Husbandry Reporting Form; Ballast Water Management Report requirements.

California proposes amendments to Marine Invasive Species regs

California State Lands Commission announced proposed amendments to regulations regarding Marine Invasive Species Control Fund Fee and Definitions. The amendments would increase the fee from $850 per qualifying voyage to $1,000 per qualifying voyage.

IMO BWM Convention to enter into force in 2017

Accession by Finland has triggered the entry into force of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships’ ballast water.

USCG updates AMS Program

As of July 2016, the Coast Guard has determined that 56 foreign administration approved ballast water management systems (BWMS) have met the criteria for acceptance as AMS. To be eligible for use, an AMS must be installed on a vessel prior to the date the vessel is required to comply with the ballast water discharge standard (BWDS).

Measure supports ballast water dumping in US waterways

US Congress voted a proposal establishing a nationwide policy for dumping ballast water into U.S. waterways. Environmental groups opposed to this plan, urging U.S. Senate to protect communities, environment, and economy from ballast water invaders such as zebra and quagga mussels, which have wreaked economic havoc from the Great Lakes to the West Coast.

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