California Ballast Water Reporting Requirements

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Members are reminded that, with effect from 1 January 2015, any vessel calling at a port or place within the state of California is required, under Section 71200 of the Marine Invasive Species Act, to submit the following reports to the California State Lands Commission:

  • Ballast Water Treatment Technology Annual Reporting Form
  • Ballast Water Treatment Supplemental Reporting Form
  • Hull Husbandry Reporting Form

Failure to comply with the form submission requirements may result in an administrative civil penalty. Penalties may be applied to the master, owner, operator, agent, or person in charge of the vessel in an amount not to exceed US$ 27,500 per violation, with each day of a continuing violation constituting a separate violation.

The California State Lands Commission issued a letter relating to the reporting requirements, a copy of which can be read here.