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Liberia to offer advice on USCG enforcement action

Fri 17 Feb 2017 by Paul Gunton

Liberia to offer advice on USCG enforcement action
Liberia’s advice on complying with the BWMC will be updated to cover USCG enforcement action

Liberia is planning to offer advice to shipowners in the wake of the proceedings being brought against a Liberian-registered ship for alleged infringement of ballast water discharge standards.

In a statement to BWTT received today (17 February), a spokesman for the flag’s administrator, LISCR, said that “an update on recent USCG enforcement actions is planned” and referred to its Marine Advisory 14-2016, issued in October 2016, which included a link to the US Coast Guard BWM programme website and its revised policy letter for owners and operators seeking to extend compliance dates for installing approved BWMS. “Liberia has been helping owners obtain extensions from the US Coast Guard for installation of approved BWMS on their ships,” the statement said.

The statement did not say whether the planned update will take the form of an amended Marine Advisory or whether it will be specifically offering advice on how to respond to USCG enforcement action.

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