US Ballast Water Management Regulations
On 20 July 2020, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) received approval to adopt revisions to the Ballast Water Management Reporting Form.
The new form replaces all previous and expired versions of the form and contains two important new changes:
- The yes/no question “Alternative BW management conducted, per instructions from COTP” has been removed; and
- All vessels are now required to report the date of their last dry dock, information that is critical to the USCG for determining a vessel’s compliance date as specified in 33 CFR 151.1512 & 151.2035.
To comply fully with USCG Ballast Water reporting requirements, all vessels must use the new form with immediate effect since expired versions of the form lack required information.
The new Ballast Water Management Reporting Form (PDF) (OMB number 1625-0069, expiration date 31 July 2023), instructions for completing the form and the vessel’s ballast water history sample can all be accessed through the NBIC website
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