33 CFR §151.1502: Applicability

 All non-recreational vessels, equipped with ballast tanks that operate beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone and enter the Snell Lock at Massena, NY.

33 CFR §151.1510: Ballast water management requirements

The Master of each vessel shall conduct one of the following ballast water management practices:

  • Carry out an exchange of ballast water on the waters beyond the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), from an area more than 200 nautical miles from any shore, and in waters more than 2,000 meters (6,560 feet, 1,093 fathoms) deep, such that, at the conclusion of the exchange, any tank from which ballast water will be discharged contains water with a minimum salinity level of 30 parts per thousand, unless the vessel is required to employ an approved ballast water management system (BWMS)
  • Retain the vessel’s ballast water on board
  • Install and operate  BWMS that has been approved by the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Use only water from a U.S. public water system (PWS) that meets the requirements of 40 CFR parts 141 and 143 as ballast water. In addition to the vessel must maintain a record of which PWS they received the water and keep a receipt, invoice or other documentation from the PWS indicating that the water came from that system.


33 CFR §151.1512   Implementation schedule for approved ballast water management methods

To discharge ballast water into the waters of United States, the vessel must either have an approved BWMS, use an alternative management system found under §151.1510(a)(1) or ballast exclusively with water from a U.S. public water system.

After the date listed in the table below, 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).


Vessel’s ballast water capacity

Date constructed

Vessel’s compliance date

New vessels


On or after December 1, 2013

On delivery.

Existing vessels

Less than 1500 m3

Before December 1, 2013

First scheduled drydocking after January 1, 2016.


1500-5000 m3

Before December 1, 2013

First scheduled drydocking after January 1, 2014.


Greater than 5000 m3

Before December 1, 2013

First scheduled drydocking after January 1, 2016.


33 CFR §151.1513   Extension of compliance date

The Coast Guard may grant an extension to the implementation schedule listed above only in those cases where the master, owner, operator, agent, or person in charge of a vessel subject to this subpart can document that, despite all efforts, compliance with the requirement under §151.1510 is not possible. Any extension request must be made no later than 12 months before the scheduled implementation date listed in §151.1512(b) of this subpart and submitted in writing to the Commandant (CG-OES), Attn: Office of Operating and Environmental Standards, U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7509, 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20593-7509. Summary information concerning all extension decisions, including the name of the vessel and vessel owner, the term of the extension, and the basis for the extension will be promptly posted on the Internet. Extensions will be for no longer than the minimum time needed, as determined by the Coast Guard, for the vessel to comply with the requirements of §151.1510.


33 CFR §151.1516   Compliance monitoring (reporting)

The master of each vessel equipped with ballast tanks must submit in written form to the Captain of the Port the following information:

(1) The vessel's name, port of registry, and official number or call sign.

(2) The name of the vessel's owner(s).

(3) Whether ballast water is being carried.

(4) The original location and salinity, if known, of ballast water taken on, before an exchange.

(5) The location, date, and time of any ballast water exchange.

(6) The salinity of any ballast water to be discharged into the territorial waters of the United States.

(7) The intended discharge port for ballast water and location for disposal of sediment carried upon entry into the territorial waters of the United States, if ballast water or sediment are to be discharged.

(8) The signature of the master attesting to the accuracy of the information provided and certifying compliance with the requirements of this subpart.

The preferred method of reporting the information provided above is utilizing the form found below and emailing to D09-SMB-MSDMassena-Ballast@uscg.mil

Ballast Water Report Form


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