7/12/2016: Final action on ballast water management system appeals

On Dec. 14, 2015, the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center denied requests from four ballast water treatment system manufacturers to use an alternative testing method for Coast Guard type approval of their ultra-violet based ballast water management systems. All four appealed the MSC’s decision. All four requested that the Coast Guard consider an MPN-based method as equivalent to the required testing procedure. On July 12, 2016, the Coast Guard issued final agency action denying these appeals.