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California Biofouling Management Regulations

California Biofouling Management Regulations

New reporting Form

As referenced in our Client Alert 24-2017, the California State Lands Commission (SLC) has issued the attached Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form. This form will also be available from the SLC website.

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2013 Vessel General Permit Annual Report

Submission Deadline —February 28, 2015

As ECM reported in CLIENT ALERT 30-2014, the VESSEL GENERAL PERMIT (VGP) requires that vessel owners/operators submit an Annual Report documenting VGP activities for each calendar year for each vessel covered by the VGP. Annual Reports for the period December 19, 2013 through December 31, 2014 must be submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by February 28, 2015.

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QUALSHIP 21—USCG Issues updated version and FAQ

The USCG has recently released an updated version of their QUALSHIP 21 (Quality Shipping for the 21st Century) certification program (see previous ECM Europe article ), along with a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) which explain eligibility criteria, incentives, etc.


QUALSHIP 21 – FAQ – 07.31.14



U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) Annual Inspection and Reports

Recently, the U.S. EPA sent email guidance to users of the EPA’s 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) Notice of Intent (NOI) system reminding vessel owners and operators that they are required to submit a VGP Annual Report for 2014.

As advised previously, the deadline to submit an annual report for calendar year 2014 to the EPA is 28 February 2015.

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ECM Europe offers assistance with USCG Qualship 21 Program

What is Qualship 21?

Qualship 21 is a U.S. Coast Guard Program that provides incentives for the well run, quality vessels that are operated responsibly, and are typically found with few or no deficiencies. These quality vessels should be recognized and rewarded for their commitment to safety and quality. Therefore, the Coast Guard implemented this initiative to identify high-quality ships, and provide incentives to encourage quality operations. Read more »

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