Ballast Water Management (BWM)
In the U.S., federal ballast water management regulations are overseen by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The USCG enforces standards aligned with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to prevent the introduction of invasive species.
Vessels are required to meet the Ballast Water Discharge Standards. This is achieved through different compliance options, including the installation of a Ballast Water Treatment System onboard. Vessels must submit Ballast Water Management Reports and may undergo inspections. The EPA's Vessel General Permit (VGP) under the Clean Water Act mandates specific ballast water management measures for vessels operating in U.S. waters. Additionally, the U.S. Invasive Species Act, including the National Invasive Species Act and Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act, addresses related regulatory requirements. U.S. ballast regulations also include biofouling management requirements. Compliance is crucial, subject to updates from regulatory authorities.
It is important to note that certain U.S. States also have ballast water requirements with different state-specific requirements.
HudsonAnalytix works with clients to develop Ballast Water Management Plans and provides relevant compliance advisory services.