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California- No Discharge Zone Prohibiting Vessel Sewage

Effective 28 March 2012 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a Fact Sheet for the California No Discharge Zone Prohibiting Vessel Sewage in all California Marine Waters.Effective 28 March 2012 the following vessels will be prohibited from discharging all sewage, whether treated or not, while in California marine waters: Large Passenger Vessels of 300 gross tons or greater that have berths or overnight accommodations for passengers.Large Oceangoing Vessels of 300 gross tons or greater, including private, commercial, government, or military vessels equipped with a holding tank with remaining capacity or containing sewage generated prior to entry in to California marine waters. For more information, click here.Source: The UK P&I Club

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New California Sewage Discharge Requirements

Effective from 28 March 2012 The state of California has announced a no-discharge zone (NDZ) for passenger vessels of 300 grt or more having berths or overnight accommodations, and oceangoing vessels of 300 grt or more, with available holding tank capacity, or containing sewage generated while the vessel was outside of the marine waters of the state of California.To ensure compliance with these new local rules, ship owners are advised to do the following:Vessels without dedicated sewage holding tank(s) may enter Californian waters and discharge treated sewage from sewage treatment system as before. Vessels without sewage treatment system, only holding tank(s), are not allowed to discharge any sewage to sea inside the NDZ.Vessels with sewage treatment plant and dedicated sewage holding tank(s) (treated or untreated): The ship's holding tank(s) must be "de minimis" discharged prior to entering California waters. The vessel must refrain from discharging any sewage (treated or untreated) as long as there is remaining holding tank capacity.If the vessel reaches maximum holding tank capacity, discharge of "properly treated sewage" is only allowed through a type-approved sewage treatment system.If the vessel is entering the NDZ with sewage in its holding tank(s), the vessel is not allowed to discharge any ...

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USA – California Sewage No Discharge Zone

EPA - New regulations to become mandatory from mid-March 2012 The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is establishing a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for marine waters of the state of California for sewage discharges from all passenger vessels of 300 gross tones or greater, and for oceangoing vessels of 300 gross tons or greater with available holding tank capacity or containing sewage generated while the vessel was outside California marine waters.California marine waters extend out to three nautical miles from the baseline. The designation comes into effect on March 28. For more information, click here.Further information can be found in a fact sheet published by the EPA.Source: EPA

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USA – California Sewage No Discharge Zone

New regulations to become mandatory from mid-March 2012 On 9 February 2012 the Final Rule establishing the California No Discharge Zone (NDZ) was signed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Final Rule will enter into force 30 days after being published in the Federal Register. It is expected that the new regulations will become mandatory from mid-March 2012 although an exact date has not yet been advised by the EPA.The new regulations will prohibit the discharge of treated and untreated sewage in an area along the California coast from the Oregon border to the Mexican border within California marine waters extending seawards a distance of three nautical miles from the baseline as determined by the Convention on the Territorial Sea and the Contiguous Zone, and within all tidal enclosed bays and estuaries. The existing California NDZs covering ten bays and marinas remain in effect. The EPA has published a map showing the areas concerned.Foreign flag and United States flagged vessels are affected as follows:Large Passenger Vessels of 300 GT of over, which have berths or overnight accommodation for passengers.Large Oceangoing Vessels of 300 GT or over, including military, governmental, commercial and private vessels, which are equipped with ...

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