• 1. Ballast


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation had planned to impose the new rules at the start of 2012. The agency pushed the deadline back to August 2013, acknowledging that technology to comply with the new rules does not exist.

New York’s proposal would be 100 times more stringent than the one proposed by IMO. California has proposed standards 1,000 times more stringent than the IMO standard, which calls for vessels to have systems effective enough to discharge ballast water with no more than 10 living organisms per 264 gallons of water.

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