BIMCO has received the following information from the California State Land Commision:
Please provide notice and information about the following items to ships arriving at California ports. This letter addresses:
1) implementation of biofouling management requirements
2) reminder about existing reporting requirements.
Ships are subject to California’s biofouling management requirements as follows:
Biofouling management requirements include (see information sheets below for details):
For a complete copy of the biofouling management regulations please refer to Title 2, Cal. Code of Regulations section 2298.1 et seq.
Annual Vessel Reporting Form
All ships that arrive at California ports must submit the Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form (hereafter Annual Vessel Reporting Form) once annually at least 24 hours in advance of the first arrival of each calendar year.
The submission requirement starts anew on 1 January 2018
Ballast Water Management Report
All ships that arrive at California ports must submit the Ballast Water Management Report at least 24 hours prior to arrival at each port call in California. If a ship’s voyage is less than 24 hours, then the report shall be submitted upon departure from the last port of call prior to arrival.
Please send all completed reports and forms to:
The preferred method of report and form submission to the Commission is through the online portal (https://misp.io) due to its user-friendly features including instant error checks, access to reporting history, and drop-down lists.
For more information about the California State Lands Commission’s regulations or for copies of required reporting forms, please visit the Marine Invasive Species Program website.
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