The USCG type-approval process has been halted due to the partial shutdown of the US Government.
The ballast water section of the website states “Due to the lapse in federal funding, this website will not be actively managed.”
The last update to the website was 21 December.
The only missions currently being undertaken by the USCG are “operations authorised by law that provide for national security or that protect life and property”.
USCG military personnel are no longer being paid, and this has been extended to its civilian staff.
“As the shutdown is moving into the sixth week, not all ships heading into ports will be inspected for safety or environmental regulations and application reviews for ballast water management system type-approvals, among other things, have all but halted. More specifically, a meeting between the USCG and the Ballast Water Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA) to discuss various regulatory and operational issues was cancelled because of the shutdown,” said Ecochlor chief executive Steve Candito.
The shutdown will eventually come to an end, but there will be a backlog of ballast water type-approval certifications.
“Unfortunately, these delays will probably continue even after the government is reopened due to the backlog of work now at a standstill and the potential of some civilian staff leaving for the private sector,” said Mr Candito.
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