USCG issues MSIB on BWMS extensions due to COVID-19 disruptions

Written by Nick Blenkey
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The Coast Guard has issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 14-20) noting that, in some instances, disruptions to supply chains and workforce availability due to the COVID-19 pandemic make it difficult for owners and operators to bring their vessels into compliance with the Coast Guard Ballast Water Management Regulations.

The Coast Guard says that it is adjusting its extension policy for those vessels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with BWTS compliance dates before April 1, 2021, recognizing the impact of public health policies and the importance of a the continued flow of commerce in our Maritime Transportation System,

In instances where arrangements were made to convert an Alternate Management System (AMS) to a Coast Guard type approved system, but the conversion was not completed due to the pandemic, an extension may be requested to continue operating the AMS under 33 CFR 151.2026(c) until the conversion can be accomplished.

For the details, download the MSIB HERE

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