US: BALLAST WATER MANAGEMENT (BWM) UPDATE
The US Coast Guard has published a new circular which updates their previous circulars on BWM. The circular aims to provide up to date guidance on BWM to the maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel. In 2016, new compliance dates took effect for regulations that set the implementation schedule for BWM discharge standards for both existing and new vessels that use Coast Guard approved Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). Additionally, the regulations incorporated various compliance options for the use of an Alternate Management System (AMS) until they reach their compliance date for installing a Coast Guard approved BWMS.
The recent circular is a comprehensive summary of all applicable regulations and it is recommended that those Members affected read the full text of the document.