OTTAWA, Jan. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) has formally sought a legal review in the United States of the
implementation dates found in the Environmental Protection Agency's
(EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP). The VGP imposes requirements that
are currently impossible, making this review critical to ensuring
fairness and predictability for CSA's members' operations in the U.S.
waters of the Great Lakes; a vital link in the continental supply
chain. Currently, there are two federal ballast water discharge
regimes; one imposed by the EPA and another by the United States Coast
The USCG will eventually certify ballast water treatment systems for use
in ships, but no systems have yet to qualify. Recognizing this
compliance challenge, the USCG has begun to provide extensions to
affected vessels. Unfortunately, the EPA has thus far declined to
respond to industry's requests for parallel extensions, which has
resulted in two different and conflicting federal regulatory regimes.
This divergence in approach will adversely affect Canadian ship owners
and their Canadian and American customers. "We would like to see the
EPA harmonize with the approach of the USCG and facilitate continued
operations," stated Robert Lewis-Manning, the President of the CSA.
Protection of the marine environment is paramount to the CSA's
membership. The CSA membership operates Canadian-flagged and specially
designed ships on Canadian coastal, Arctic and inland waters, with
highly skilled Canadian crew that are part of a $35B Great Lakes - St.
Lawrence Waterway marine transportation system. Recent investments of
over $700 million in 14 new vessels, have positioned the industry for
sustainment and a reduced environmental footprint. A report on the
Environmental and Social Impacts of Marine Transportation (Research and
Traffic Group, 2013) identified Marine transportation as the most
sustainable form of transportation.
SOURCE: Canadian Shipowners Association
For further information:
Media Contact: Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Canadian Shipowners Association, 613-232-3539