California Delays Strict Interim Ballast Water Standards


The State of California is to delay the introduction of strict ballast water quality standards to 2030.

In 2017, we reported that the Californian Marine Invasive Species Act MISA would require strict – and quite possibly technically unachievable – ballast water treatment performance standards from 1 January 2020. These were significantly more stringent in comparison to the USCG Final Rule and IMO International Ballast Water Management Convention.

However, USA-based consultancy Patriot Maritime Compliance LLC now advises this will be pushed back to 1 January 2030. Also, the target of “no detectable living organisms” has been pushed back from 2030 to 2040.

As a result, the Californian authorities require full compliance with the USCG ballast water regulations.

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