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Amendments to California’s Marine Invasive Species Program will come into force soon

04 December 2020

California has amended regulation in section 2298.5 in Article 4.8 of Title 2, Division 3 of Chapter 1 of the California Code of Regulations. The regulatory changes become effective on 1 January 2021. It changes the way ships should submit information through the Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form.

New law in California, USA, affecting shipowners’ liability for oil pollution

21 January 2021

Members are advised that amendments to the so-called Lempert-Keene-Seastrand Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990 in the State of California on criminal fines for oil spill violations in state waters entered into force on 1 January 2021. BIMCO takes the opportunity to remind members about the importance of strict compliance with this and other environmental laws.

Califonia State - Ships Fee Increased to $1,000 Effective 1st April 2017

20 April 2017

The California State Lands Commission (CSLC) approved regulations that increased the fee paid by vessels with a qualifying voyage arrival at a California port. The fee was increased from $850 to $1,000. The Board of Equalization will begin collecting the increased fee on or after 1st April 2017. The Marine Invasive Species Act requires ships over 300 GRT and carrying or capable of carrying ballast water that arrive at a California port to submit a US Coast Guard Ballast Water Management Report to the CSLC.