33 CFR 151.1512 - Implementation schedule for approved ballast water management methods.
(a) To discharge ballast water into the waters of the United States, the master, owner, operator, agent, or person in charge of a vessel subject to § 151.1510 of this subpart must either ensure that the ballast water meets the ballast water discharge standard as defined in § 151.1511(a), use an AMS as provided for under § 151.1510(a)(1) or ballast exclusively with water from a U.S. public water system, as described in § 151.1510(a)(4), according to the schedule in paragraph (b) of this section.
(b)Implementation Schedule for the Ballast Water Management Discharge Standard for vessels using a Coast Guard approved BWMS to manage ballast water discharged to waters of the United States. After the dates listed in Table 151.1512(b), vessels may use a USCG-approved BWMS and comply with the discharge standard, or employ an approved ballast water management method per § 151.1510(a)(1) and (4).
Table 151.1512(b) - Implementation Schedule for Ballast Water Management Discharge Standards for Vessels Using Coast Guard Approved Ballast Water Management Systems
|Date constructed||Vessel's compliance date|
|New vessels||All||On or after December 1, 2013||On delivery.|
|Existing vessels||Less than 1500 m 3||Before December 1, 2013||First scheduled drydocking after January 1, 2016.|
||Before December 1, 2013||First scheduled drydocking after January 1, 2014.|
|Greater than 5000 m 3||Before December 1, 2013||First scheduled drydocking after January 1, 2016.|