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BWM Compliance is Complicated in the Great Lakes

The latest Great Lakes / Seaway Review article concerning the inconsistency in environmental regulations in the Great Lakes was co-written by Debra DiCianna, Senior Compliance Engineer, Choice Ballast Solutions and Richard Mueller, President/CEO of NETSCo, Inc. with a focus on the expanded requirements in both the U.S. and Canada regarding ballast water management regulations.

Excerpt: “Environmental compliance within the Great Lakes has always been a complication scenario. Ships and shipowners must navigate through a plethora of Canadian and U.S. federal requirements.” …

“Navigating these requirements is becoming an increasingly difficult task for shipowners and ship designers. By way of example, let’s look at ballast water to illustrated the complexity.” …

As Canada became signatory to the IMO’s BWM Convention and the U.S. EPA developed the Vessel General Permit (VGP), pass through the Great Lakes became more complicated. … [shipowners] have struggled with identifying the best ballast water management system (BWMS) solution for operating in the Great Lakes.” …

“Recent actions by the EPA and Transport Canada illustrate the need for improved communications and cooperation among regulatory agencies and the shipping community.” Read more about the proposed regulatory changes to BWM in the Great Lakes at

If interested in learning more about Regulatory Compliance for Ballast Water Management contact Debra DiCianna at