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USCG Ballast Water Management information

07 March 2018

The USCG Ballast Water Management regulations entered into force in June 2012 and is now close to being fully implemented so any ship calling US ports have to be in compliance with the relevant regulations and requirements. It should also be noted that a number of US individual States have implemented their own requirements beyond the USCG regulations so liaison with a local agent is recommended. 

Califonia State - Ships Fee Increased to $1,000 Effective 1st April 2017

20 April 2017

The California State Lands Commission (CSLC) approved regulations that increased the fee paid by vessels with a qualifying voyage arrival at a California port. The fee was increased from $850 to $1,000. The Board of Equalization will begin collecting the increased fee on or after 1st April 2017. The Marine Invasive Species Act requires ships over 300 GRT and carrying or capable of carrying ballast water that arrive at a California port to submit a US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management Report to the CSLC.