US regulations affecting your ships - get the November update!


This is the latest in a series of reports supplied by the Chamber of Shipping of America (CSA) with the intention of keeping BIMCO members appraised of legislative developments in the US affecting international shipping. BIMCO highlights only the relevant developments that would impact members. The full CSA November report is also provided. 

US Coast Guard Maritime Blog on Ballast Water Management Regulations and Implementation Programs

The relatively new Assistant Commandant for Policy and Prevention, RADM John Nadeau, has posted a series of informational articles on the US Coast Guard Maritime Commons blog.  The articles focus on a general overview, compliance perspective, type approvals, concerns relating to “plug and play” approach to system installations, contingency planning.  There is an additional document which is the most recent Q and A document which captures US Coast Guard responses provided at a recent ballast water conference. The Maritime Commons blog may be viewed at and the series of articles is also available on the BIMCO website!

CSA Participation in the Sustainable Ocean Summit

CSA was pleased to present at the Sustainable Ocean Summit, convened by  the World Ocean Council in late November.  While a variety of ocean issues across the many sectors of ocean users was discussed, CSA provided presentations on commercial maritime industry trends through 2030 and ship strikes.  CSA was pleased to represent the industry.  Information about the summit may be viewed at

US Requirements for Reporting Death or Illness on Ships Destined for the United States

The US Centers for Disease Control has recently re-emphasized existing US regulations pertaining to the reporting of death or illness by a ship destined for a US port of entry.  Specifically, U.S. regulations (42 CFR 71.21) require the master of a ship destined for a U.S. port of entry to immediately report any death or illness among the ship’s passengers or crew. This includes persons who have disembarked or have been removed from the ship due to illness or death. Reports must immediately be made to the CDC Quarantine Station( at or nearest the U.S. port of arrival. For ships arriving in the United States, this includes all deaths or illnesses that occurred within 15 days prior to arrival. For ships that have left the United States and will be returning to a U.S. port during the same voyage, this includes all deaths or illnesses that occurred within 15 days of departure.  This is not a new requirements but rather a reminder of the current requirements as applicable to vessels, regardless of flag.


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