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BIMCO welcomes California's move in adopting US federal ballast water discharge standards

17 November 2021

The California State Lands Commission (Commission) has adopted ballast water discharge standards meaning that ships arriving into the US will be one step closer to having to follow just one set of standards as opposed to different state-specific regulations. BIMCO welcomes the decision, as having standardised regulations helps create a level playing field rather than having different state-specific regulations. The decision delays plan to implement compliance dates for the existing interim and final California ballast water discharge performance standards which are different and are more stringent than US federal regulations. The compliance dates have been delayed to 2030 and 2040 and the Commission has also adopted regulatory amendments that will implement the federal ballast water discharge standards for vessels arriving at California ports, among other provisions. These changes will become effective on 1 January 2022.