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Subject:ALERT: New USCG Ballast Water Management Report Effective Feb. 22, 2016
Date:Saturday, February 20, 2016
Priority:High
Attachments:
80 FR 73105 BWMR 2015-29848.pdf    
BallastWaterForm.pdf    
Notice:

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Ryan Barrios, General Manager

Moran-Pacific Shipping Agencies, Inc. (LGB)

Tel: 310-935-2268   lgb@moranshipping.com

Shipping Agents and Interested Stakeholders:

Please alert vessel owner/operator/agent networks of new USCG ballast water management reporting requirements effective next Monday, Feb. 22.

The United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) web page (http://invasions.si.edu/nbic/) has posted new information implementing the USCG ballast water management reporting and recordkeeping final rule as published in the Federal Register on Nov. 24, 2015 (attached). In brief, the NBIC states the following will become effective as of February 22, 2016:

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         There is a new Ballast Water Management Report (BWMR) form (attached)

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         A new web app is available for form submission

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         New form completion instructions are available

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         Federal BWMR filing has changed from 24 hrs prior to arrival to no later than 6 hrs after arrival

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         The existing Ballast Water Reporting Form (BWRF) will no longer be accepted by the USCG

These significant changes in reporting requirements with little lead time and no phase-in may cause confusion and implementation problems for both vessels and state programs.

 

In the short term, please be advised:

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         California filing requirements remain 24 hrs prior to arrival.

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif;background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow">         Until further notice, the California State Lands Commission will accept either the new “Ballast Water Management Report” or the old “Ballast Water Reporting Form” in fulfillment of ballast water management reporting requirements in the Marine Invasive Species Act.

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         Go to http://www.slc.ca.gov/Programs/MISP_Compliance.html for copies of the form and instructions for filling out for California submittal.

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         Vessels that use the new BWMR Web App will still need to file a separate PDF form by email (bwform@slc.ca.gov) or fax (562-499-6444) with California.

·<span-size:7.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman",serif">         NOTE – the attached BWMR has buttons for email and online submittal of the BWMR to the NBIC. You must save this form and separately attach in an email to bwform@slc.ca.gov for this form to be received in California.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.

Regards,

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Nicole Dobroski

Environmental Program Manager

Marine Invasive Species Program

California State Lands Commission

100 Howe Ave., Suite 100 South

Sacramento, CA 95825

(916) 574-0742 (office)

(916) 508-1875 (cell)

(916) 574-1950 (fax)

www.slc.ca.gov

 

 

Notice posted on Saturday, February 20, 2016

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.