June 14, 2004

Ballast water penalty

The Coast Guard has issued a final rule (see today's Federal Register) that establishes penalty provisions for vessels that fail to submit a ballast water management (BWM) report. Penalty provisions are also established for vessels bound for the Great Lakes or portions of the Hudson River who violate the mandatory BWM requirements. These regulations also widen the reporting and record keeping requirements.The final rule is effective August 13, 2004.Civil penalties under the rule may be up to $27,500 per day.

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