USCG BW Management - Civil Penalty Proceedings

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) initiated civil penalty proceedings against the operator of a vessel for discharge of ballast water without the use of a Coast Guard-approved ballast water management system or other approved means in violation of the National Invasive Species Act.

Vessel operators are reminded that vessels which discharge ballast water into any water within U.S. jurisdiction must do so in accordance with U.S. regulations or ensure proper waivers or extensions are processed through the Coast Guard's Office of Operating and Environmental Standards. Conditions associated with such waivers or extensions need to be satisfied.