What definitions apply to this subpart?
Unless otherwise stated in this section, the definitions in 33 CFR 151.1504, CFR 160.203, and the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea apply to this part.
As used in this part—
ANSTF means the Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force mandated under the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 (NANPCA).
Ballast tank means any tank or hold on a vessel used for carrying ballast water, whether or not the tank or hold was designed for that purpose.
Captain of the Port (COTP) means the Coast Guard officer designated as the COTP, or a person designated by that officer, for the COTP zone covering the U.S. port of destination. These COTP zones are listed in 33 CFR part 3.
Exchange means to replace the water in a ballast tank using one of the following methods:
Flow through exchange means to flush out ballast water by pumping in mid-ocean water at the bottom of the tank and continuously overflowing the tank from the top until three full volumes of water has been changed—to minimize the number of original organisms remaining in the tank.
Empty/refill exchange means to pump out the ballast water taken on in ports, estuarine, or territorial waters until the tank is empty, then refilling it with mid-ocean water; masters/operators should pump out as close to 100 percent of the ballast water as is safe to do so.
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) means the area established by Presidential Proclamation Number 5030, dated March 10, 1983 ( 48 FR 10605, 3 CFR, 1983 Comp., p. 22) which extends from the base line of the territorial sea of the United States seaward 200 miles, and the equivalent zone of Canada.
IMO guidelines mean the Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water to Minimize the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms and Pathogens (IMO Resolution A.868 (20), adopted November 1997).
NANPCA means the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990.
NBIC means the National Ballast Water Information Clearinghouse operated by the Coast Guard and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center as mandated under NISA.
NISA means the National Invasive Species Act of 1996, which reauthorized and amended NANPCA.
Port or place of departure means any port or place in which a vessel is anchored or moored.
Port or place of destination means any port or place to which a vessel is bound to anchor or moor.
United States means the States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the Virgin Islands, and the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands.
Voyage means any transit by a vessel destined for any United States port or place.
Waters of the United States means waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States as defined in 33 CFR § 2.38, including the navigable waters of the United States. For this regulation, the navigable waters include the territorial sea as extended to 12 nautical miles from the baseline, pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 5928 of December 27, 1988.
[USCG-1998-3423, 64 FR 26682, May 17, 1999, as amended by USCG-2003-15404, 68 FR 37741, June 25, 2003; USCG-2002-13147, 69 FR 32869, June 14, 2004; USCG-2003-14273, 69 FR 44961, July 28, 2004]