Ballast Water Management FAQ’s updated by US Coast Guard

  • by BPC Staff
  • April 9, 2013
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The Coast Guard has updated its Frequently Asked Questions, Volume I, for Ballast Water Management, with several updates and new questions since the last edition of 17 August 2012.

Of special note, Question #1 is updated to clarify how Ballast Water Management (BWM) requirements apply to vessels that enter the Great Lakes after operating in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone and Canadian equivalent.

Updates to existing questions, and new questions (with decimal numbers to preserve original order), are at:
Definitions (1)
Applicability (2.1, 2.2, 2.3)
BWM Requirements (3, 3.1, 4, 4.1)
Alternate Management Systems (8, 10)
Additional Requirements (18.1, 18.2, 18.3, 18.4)
General (24, 25)
Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (26, 31.1)
BWMS Approval Procedures (32, 34, 34.1, 34.2,
Use and Acceptance of Existing Test Data (35, 36)
Independent Laboratories (39, 42, 44)

The updated FAQ document can be read HERE and is also posted as Document #4 on list of guidance at
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/cg522/cg5224/bwm.asp