CALIFORNIA: ACCEPTANCE OF BWM SYSTEMS

The US State of California has announced recently that ships in Californian waters are authorised to use USCG type-approved BWM systems or USCG accepted alternative management systems (AMS). California now considers both these approved methods to be : ‘alternative, environmentally sound methods of BWM and as effective as ballast water exchange (using mid-ocean waters) in removing or killing non-indigenous aquatic species’. There are formalities that ships much follow and forms to fill in when discharging treated ballast water in Californian ports and Members are reminded to follow those procedures very carefully and to contact local agents or local correspondents if they are unsure of the correct processes.

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