Report: Ballast water compliance improves on Great Lakes

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(CLEVELAND) — The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) releases the

Great Lakes Ballast Water Management Report.

BWWG meets regularly throughout the year to develop, enhance and coordinate

bi-national enforcement and compliance efforts to reduce the introduction of

aquatic invasive species via ballast water.

The BWWG is comprised of:

* U.S. Coast Guard – Ninth District

* Transport Canada – Marine Safety

* U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

* Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Highlights from the report include a marked improvement over the prior

year’s inspection program statistics in a number of areas, including ship

compliance rates. Some of those highlights are:

* 99% of ships bound for the Great Lakes Seaway received a ballast tank exam.

* A total of 6704 ballast tanks, onboard 364 different ships, were sampled and had a 98.6% compliance rate.

* In addition, 100% of ballast water reporting forms were screened to assess ballast water history, compliance, voyage information and proposed discharge location.

The BWWG anticipates continued high ship compliance rates for the 2009 navigation season.

Click here to view the full report.

By Professional Mariner Staff