Ballast water legislation passed by U.S. Senate committee

The U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has approved the Commercial Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (CVIDA). The committee approved the measure on May 18 and attached it to legislation reauthorizing programs of the U.S. Coast Guard.

CVIDA will consolidate authority over ballast water and other vessel discharges and place that authority with the Coast Guard. At this time, two federal agencies and 25 states regulate vessel discharges. The varied oversight has created inconsistencies, what some have called a “patchwork of regulations.”

This is the second time CVIDA has been passed by the committee. The Coast Guard legislation will now be considered by the full Senate.

Maritime Editorial