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Rules For Discharging of Clean Ballast Water - Item 748 and 750
The owner, operator, manager, agent, master or responsible officer of a vessel, or the terminal operator, or preferential or berth assignee with respect to such vessel, must request permission from the Executive Director, or his designee, to discharge clean ballast water into the waters of the Long Beach Harbour District.

Clean ballast water is defined as such clean water as shall have no visible settleable solids, floating solids, oil sheen, or other visible residue. Clean ballast water may emanate from existing cargo tanks dedicated to ballast only (CBT's) or segregated ballast tanks (SBT's) or tanks cleaned by crude oil washing systems (COW's) and/or tanks which have been thoroughly cleaned of any cargo residue at sea before entering port in conformance with all applicable Federal Statutes and Coast Guard Regulations, including 33 CFR, Part 157, and all state and local rules and regulations, so as to preclude contamination of any water under the jurisdiction of the Board.


The request shall be in writing for a Permit to Discharge Clean Ballast Water, and the permit may be granted on the terms and conditions as the Executive Director, or his designee, at his sole discretion, deems reasonable.


In the event that the discharged ballast water is not clean, and contains visible settleable solids, floating solids, oil sheen, or other visible residue, the vessel, her master, owners, charterers, operators, managers, agents and permittee, shall immediately notify the Chief Wharfinger and desist from further discharge, and at its or their cost, shall immediately remove or cause to be removed, such matter to the satisfaction of the Executive Director, or his designee, and if not immediately removed, the Executive Director, or his designee may cause the removal of such matter and invoice the parties mentioned above for the cost thereof, including interest at the maximum rate allowed by law from the date of the discharge, which shall be immediately due and payable. Further, the parties enumerated in this paragraph shall be responsible for injury or damage to persons or property, caused directly or indirectly, by unclean or foul ballast water, and such parties, in addition to paying for cost of cleanup, shall indemnify, hold, protect, save harmless and defend the City of Long Beach, and its Board, officers, agents, and employees from any and all claims, liens, liability, loss or damage, including legal fees and expenses, which in any any way may arise from or out of the granting of a Permit to Discharge Clean Ballast Water.


No person shall pump, discharge or deposit, or cause, suffer, procure, or permit to be pumped, discharged or deposited, or to allow to pass or escape into the waters of the Harbour District or upon any property under the jurisdiction of the Board any bilge or foul ballast water, slops or refuse from any source whatsoever, including any vessel, whether overboard, or under water, or in any manner whatsoever. The owner, operator, manager, agent, master or responsible officer of any vessel, or terminal operator, or preferential or berth assignee with respect to any vessel, or any person having knowledge of such pumping, discharging, depositing, or escaping of such bilge or foul ballast water, slops or refuse, shall immediately report such activity to the Director of Operations (Subject to Exception).


The owner, operator, manager, agent, master, or responsible officer of such vessel, or the terminal operator, or preferential or berth assignee with respect to such vessel, at its or their cost, shall immediately remove or cause to be removed to the satisfaction of the Executive Director, or his designee, such prohibited matter, and if not immediately removed, the Executive Director, or his designee, may remove, or cause to be removed, such prohibited matter and invoice any or all of the parties enumerated above for the cost thereof, including interest at the maximum rate allowed by law from the date of the casualty, which shall be immediately due and payable.


Further, the parties enumerated in this paragraph shall be responsible for injury or damage to persons or property, caused directly or indirectly, by bilge or foul ballast water, slops, or refuse from any source whatsoever, and such parties, in addition to paying for cost of cleanup, shall indemnify, hold, protect, save harmless and defend the City of Long Beach, and its Board, officers, agents, and employees from any and all claims, liens, liability, loss or damage, damage, including legal fees and expenses, which in any way may arise from or out of the violation of this Item.


EXCEPTION:
It is provided, however, that any garbage or any refuse matter may be unloaded, removed, or discharged from any vessel into such other vessel or vessels or such other vehicle or vehicles as may be designated by the Executive Director for the collection or disposal of garbage or refuse matter.


BALLAST WATER PROGRAM
Every vessel entering the port from outside U.S. territorial waters receives a copy of a brochure describing the ballast water issue and summarizing the regulatory programs.For information on the Federal and State programs and to obtain reporting forms and instructions, please contact:


U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management Program
Phone: (202) 267-0500
Internet: www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mso/mso4/


California State Lands Commission
Ballas Water Program
Internet: www.slc.ca.gov

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