OTTAWA, June 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA)
is pleased to announce that it has developed joint principles with the
Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) for ballast water regulations on the
shared waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, Gulf of St.
Lawrence, Canadian Eastern and Arctic waters to the limit of the
Canadian exclusive economic zone (Operating Area).
The five principles symbolize the common will of these two associations,
which represent the majority of Canadian and American flag domestic
vessels on these waters, for fair, equivalent and flexible ballast
water regulation on both sides of the border.
Agreed Principles of the Lake Carriers' Association (LCA) and the
Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA)
Single Ballast Water Rule for all Canadian and US flag domestic vessels
in the Operating Area (Domestic Vessels). There are a multitude of
jurisdictions that exercise authority over the bi-national waterway
within the Operating Area. Domestic Vessels should operate under a
uniform single standard or compatible set of national rules that are
fair and rationally based, that result in requirements that are
technically and operationally achievable, considering vessel age, type,
and operating characteristics, and are economically feasible resulting
in a positive benefit to cost ratio. Since treatment systems do not
currently exist and are not expected to exist in the near future,
Domestic Vessels operating exclusively within the Operating Area should
continue implementing Best Management Practices as they have since
1993, and not be required to install ballast water treatment systems.
Any Rule must recognize the unique operating requirements and diversity
of environmental conditions faced by Domestic Vessels. The IMO rule
should not be the basis for governing a ballast water treatment rule
for Domestic Vessels. The IMO rule does not recognize the unique
operating requirements and diversity of environmental conditions faced
by Domestic Vessels within the Operating Area. The cost of compliance
given these challenges and constraints could impose substantial
economic harm. Furthermore the IMO rule does not recognize the
difference between the risk of AIS transfer versus the risk of AIS
introduction by foreign vessels.
The U.S. Coast Guard's Alternative Management System cannot be endorsed
as a solution for Domestic Vessels. The AMS program was only intended
to be as protective as salt-water exchange/flushing for Foreign flag
vessels and therefore must not be viewed as an endorsement of any
foreign type-approved ballast water treatment system for use by
LCA and CSA Members have a common interest to advocate for a single rule
in the Operating Area to Governments and Regulators. LCA and CSA
Members agree to jointly and severally advocate for Canadian Ballast
Water regulations for Domestic Vessels that incorporate the principles
espoused herein and advocate for recognition of such Canadian
regulations by the U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection
LCA and CSA Members have a common interest to promote ballast water
research and technological evaluation aimed at the unique requirements
of Domestic Vessels operating in a unique environment. Participation in
shared research and evaluation is a priority of both the LCA and CSA.
These efforts shall be aimed at determining the potential risk of AIS
transfer from the ballasting operations of Domestic Vessels within the
operating area and to assess ballast water treatment technologies for
the development of best management practices and to assess the
feasibility of such technologies for domestic vessels.
The CSA membership operates Canadian-flagged and uniquely designed ships
on Canadian coastal, Arctic and inland waters, with highly skilled
Canadian crew and is part of a $35B continental marine transportation
system. Recent investments of over $700 million in 14 new vessels,
have positioned the industry for growth. Marine transportation is the
most sustainable form of transportation.
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SOURCE: Canadian Shipowners Association
For further information:
Robert Lewis-Manning, President, The Canadian Shipowners Association, 613-232-3539