USCG updates BWMS extension policy

14 Mar 2017

The US Coast Guard (USCG) has updated its policy on Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) extensions.

Its latest bulletin advises that vessels already fitted with an Alternative Management System will remain in regulatory compliance and can continue to operate the AMS for the specified period of compliance time.

The USCG will now determine the length of the extension, if any, after reviewing the application which is required to be submitted at least 12 months before the compliance date.

But it will take into account the availability of a type approved system based on evidence submitted with the application.

If the USCG determines that a type approved system for a vessel is available, the vessel will no longer be able to install AMS in lieu of type-approved systems.

In the event a type approved system is not available, an extension will be granted, meaning the AMS can be installed before and used for up to five years after the vessel’s compliance date.