USCG: Ballast Water Management update (13 Jul. 2016)


The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing an update on aspects of the Alternate Management Systems (AMS) program for ballast water management and compliance with applicable regulations.

Items clarified:

  1. Alternate Management Systems
  2. Extension of Compliance Date and AMS Installation
  3. Vessel with BWMS not accepted for use as an AMS
  4. Vessel with expired BWMS type approval certificate
  5. Vessel under contract to be fitted with an AMS prior to availability of a Coast Guard type-approved system
  6. Carriage of the AMS acceptance letter
  7. Reporting requirements if an AMS is not operating properly
  8. Reporting AMS use to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC)
  9. Verification of compliance with the regulations

Click on below image to download the relevant USCG Marine Safety Information Bulletin.


Source: USCG


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