5/9/2018: Ballast water management – annual reporting requirement

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The Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register notice that it is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend its regulations on ballast water management by eliminating the requirement for vessels operating on voyages exclusively between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. The Coast Guard views this current reporting requirement as unnecessary to analyze and understand ballast water management practices. This proposal would also serve to reduce the administrative burden on the regulated population of vessels which are equipped with ballast tanks.

Comments and related material must be received by the Coast Guard on or before June 8, 2018. Comments sent to the Office of Management and Budget on collection of information must reach OMB on or before June 8, 2018.

For more information or to submit comments, view the full  Federal Register notice.

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