NBIC has been receiving ballast water reporting forms from ships that arrive to U.S. ports from overseas since July 1, 1999. Federal law (National Invasive Species Act of 1996, P.L. 104-332) mandates that all such arriving ships complete and submit a ballast water information report to NBIC. Ballast Water forms are available in a number of formats.
In an effort to make ballast water data available to state and federal entities, and the public, NBIC has developed an online database that can be queried through our website. Data are accessible for all coastal states on a state-by-state basis. Note that inland ports and waterways, including those of the Great Lakes, have been incorporated into the NBIC database as of August 2004. Information on data availability from earlier Great Lakes arrivals can be requested by contacting the U.S. Coast Guard at (202) 267-4618.
As of July 2010, data from Ballast Water Management Reporting Forms from overseas arrivals (vessels that have operated outside the US and Canadian EEZs just prior to arrival) to the Hudson River (ports north of the George Washington Bridge) and the Saint Lawrence Seaway (Massena, NY and Montreal, ON) are included in the NBIC online database. Note: Ballast Water Management Reporting Forms for such arrivals are not reported directly to the NBIC, so data reported here may not be comprehensive.
Access to the data is given with the understanding that the data or analyses derived from the data will not be reproduced in any form without acknowledging the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse as the source. These conditions are specified in a data use statement. Users are required to agree to these conditions in advance of downloading data from the site.
Data Search Instructions
Tabular data are summarized by port in "Table 1 - Ship Arrivals (Summary by Port)". Individual ship arrival records are listed in "Table 2 - Ship Arrival Records" and individual ballast tank records corresponding to ship arrivals are displayed in "Table 3 - Ballast Tank Records." Records can be linked between Table 2 and Table 3 using the ReportID.
See the Glossary of Terms index page for definitions relating to the database search.
To proceed, read through the Data Use Agreement and click on the 'Search NBIC Database' button to go to the public search.
Data Use Agreement and Database Access