Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

March 12, 2007

Michigan issues first ballast water permits

Filed under: Ballast,Great Lakes News,Great Lakes Threats,Michigan — nemo @ 12:05 pm

The Times Herald (Port Huron, MI) carries this report on the first issuance of permits to international shipping compaines for ballast water handling per the Michigan law that went into affect January 1:

The state Department of Environmental Quality has issued its first permits to international shipping companies that have agreed to meet new ballast-water requirements.

By buying the permit, owners of the ships agree not to dump ballast water in the Great Lakes or use a state-approved method to clean the water before flushing it into the lakes.

One of the first of two companies to apply for the state permit was NaviBulgar-Smolyan, a Bulgarian shipping company. The company’s ships will be able to move through Michigan ports with ease when the St. Lawrence Seaway opens sometime this month.

The Michigan bill mandates that all ships with ballast tanks that have floated on salt water and then expect to use Michigan ports must either keep their ballast onboard or use a state-approved method to treat the aquatic life in outgoing water.

See also this prior post: Michigan ballast water law takes maiden voyage

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