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U.S. Coast Guard Permits Certain Temporary Ballast Water Treatment Systems

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the acceptance of nine ballast water treatment systems as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) in compliance with the service's March 2012 final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. waters.

AMS acceptance by the Coast Guard is a temporary designation given to a ballast water treatment system approved by a foreign administration. Vessel operators may use an AMS to manage their ballast water discharges in lieu of ballast water exchange, while the treatment system undergoes approval testing to Coast Guard standards.

An AMS may be used to meet the Coast Guard ballast water treatment requirements for up to five years after the ship's ballast water discharge standard compliance date specified in the final rule. This five-year time-frame allows for the completion of required land-based and shipboard testing.

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AMS acceptance by the Coast Guard is a temporary designation given to a ballast water treatment system approved by a foreign administration. Vessel operators may use an AMS to manage their ballast water discharges in lieu of ballast water exchange, while the treatment system undergoes approval testing to Coast Guard standards.

An AMS may be used to meet the Coast Guard ballast water treatment requirements for up to five years after the ship's ballast water discharge standard compliance date specified in the final rule. This five-year time-frame allows for the completion of required land-based and shipboard testing.

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