Ballast Water Management Reporting and Recordkeeping

Docket ID: USCG-2012-0924
Agency: Coast Guard (USCG)
Parent Agency: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

This rulemaking would amend the ballast water management reporting and recordkeeping requirement in 33 CFR part 151, subparts C and D. Obtaining a more complete understanding of vessels' ballasting operations supports the Coast Guard's broad roles and responsibilities of maritime safety and environmental stewardship. This rule would allow most vessels to submit ballast water reports after arrival to the port or place of destination, providing them more flexibility in fulfilling the reporting requirements. The Coast Guard would also require vessels with ballast tanks operating solely on voyages between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit annual reports of their ballast water management practices.

RIN: 1625-AB68
Impacts and Effects: Small Entities (Business)
CFR Citation: 33 CFR 151
Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant
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Publication Period: Spring 2016
Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Action
Major Rule: No
Legal Authorities: 16 U.S.C. 4711, DHS Delegation No. 0170.1
Legal Deadlines: None
Government Levels Affected: No
Federalism Implications: No
Unfunded Mandates: No
Requires Regulatory Flexibility Analysis: No
Small Entities Affected: Business
International Impacts: No
Energy Effects: No
Included in Regulatory Plan: No
ActionDateFR Citation
NPRM06/05/201378 FR 33774
NPRM Comment Period End08/05/2013
Final Rule11/24/201580 FR 73105
Final Rule Effective02/22/2016
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Related RINs: None
Related Dockets: None
Action Office: USCG-HQ
Subtype: Ports and Waterways Management
Type: Rulemaking

Primary Documents

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Comment Now!
Due Aug 05, 2013 11:59 PM ET
Proposed Rule
Posted: 06/05/2013
ID: USCG-2012-0924-0001
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 01/05/2016
ID: USCG-2012-0924-0013
Comments Not Accepted
Posted: 11/24/2015
ID: USCG-2012-0924-0010

Supporting Documents

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Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 12/30/2015
ID: USCG-2012-0924-0012
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 12/01/2015
ID: USCG-2012-0924-0011
Comments Not Accepted
Supporting & Related Material
Posted: 07/18/2013
ID: USCG-2012-0924-0003


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Comments Received*
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Agency Contact
Regina Bergner
Project Manager (CG-OES)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue, SE., STOP 7509
Washington, DC 20593-7509
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