46 U.S. Code § 3709 - Exemptions
The Secretary may exempt a vessel from the minimum requirements established by sections 3704–3706 of this title for segregated ballast, crude oil washing, and dedicated clean ballast if the Secretary decides that shore-based reception facilities are a preferred method of handling ballast and that adequate facilities are readily available.
Source(Pub. L. 98–89, Aug. 26, 1983, 97 Stat. 524.)
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