California's ballast water exchange law

Vessels calling in the United States can still use exchanges to treat ballast water prior to their respective deadlines for installing a USCG type-approved treatment system. However, failure to properly conduct exchanges can lead to substantial penalties, especially in California.

You can read more on this at the attached Legal Update.

The UK P&I Club's legal updates are to alert Members to urgent or recent developments which may impact upon Members' shipping operations.

If Members have any questions on any of our legal updates, please contact the Legal Team via or, or your usual contact at the Club, and we will be pleased to assist with your questions.


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