The US Coast Guard provided guidance and clarification on ballast water compliance date extensions and dry dock date information, which is relevant to filling out the “last dry dock date” field in the current ballast water form OMB number 1625-006 (expiration date, 31 July 2023) . You can find this information in the Maritime Commons Blog, March 2019.
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On 20 July 2020 the United States Coast Guard received approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) adopting revisions to the Ballast Water Management Reporting Form (OMB number 1625-0069, expiration date 31 July 2023). This Reporting Form replaces all previous and expired versions. The new Ballast Water Management Reporting Form has two important changes from the most recently expired Reporting Form: 1) The yes/no question “Alternative BW management conducted, per instructions from COTP” has been removed. 2) All vessels are now required to report the date of their last dry dock, information that is critical to the Coast Guard for determining a vessel’s compliance date as specified in 33 CFR 151.1512 & 151.2035.
With approval of the Ballast Water Management Reporting Form, the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) will no longer accept expired Reporting Form versions. To fully comply with all Coast Guard Ballast Water reporting requirements, all vessels must use the new Ballast Water Management Reporting Form, since expired versions lack required information.
The United States Coast Guard has released guidance on ballast water best management practices in order to prevent or reduce the spread of Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) present in Florida and throughout the Caribbean. Please see their guidance on both mandatory and voluntary ballast water best management practices here.
As of January 28, 2019, NBIC is fully staffed, following the government shutdown. Please visit this website for updates regarding any shutdowns in the near future.
During the United States federal government shutdown, the NBIC will continue to receive Ballast Water Management Report (BWMR) submissions. Responses to BWMRs or other types of requested assistance, such as by email or phone, may be delayed until the United States federal government reopens.
See updated blog post for January 2nd, 2019 for information about the US federal government shutdown.
In the event of a United States federal government shutdown, the NBIC can and will continue to receive Ballast Water Management Reports (BWMRs). However, manual responses to BWMRs or other types of assistance by NBIC staff, such as by email or phone, may be delayed until the United States federal government reopens.