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29 March 2016 Based on requests from the Maritime Industry, the NBIC has added a data field to the BWMR form that allows a ship to specify the number of ballast water tanks being discharged in association with a given arrival.  With some exceptions, this number should match the number of discharged tanks described in the Ballast Water History section of the form.  Furthermore, in response to requests for a PDF form with room to report BW history of more than 20 tanks, a 36 tank form is now available.  The Web App form already accommodates as many ballast water tanks as needed.
 
24 February 2016 24 February 2016 - US Coast Guard has announced that vessel owners and operators are expected to transition to using new BWMR forms by May 1, 2016 - see Maritime Commons.   All vessels equipped with ballast water tanks and bound for ports or places of the United States should be submitting a Ballast Water Management Report to the NBIC (see 33 CFR 151.2060 Reporting requirements).
 
19 February 2016 New Ballast Water Management Reporting forms are now available on the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse website. Click on the "Submit BW Report" tab to use the forms, and for information describing how and when ships are expected to report their BW management activities under the revised BW reporting and recordkeeping regulations (see 33 CFR 151.2060 Reporting requirements). The NBIC website contains links to specific sections of the Code of Federal Regulations and Federal Register and pointers to particular regulatory language.

The NBIC will provide support to the Maritime industry during this regulatory transition.   Vessels will receive a response from the NBIC providing instructions on how to obtain new BWMR forms.
 
12 February 2016 New Ballast Water Management Reporting and Recordkeeping rules will go into effect on 22 February 2016.

To assist vessel owners, operators, agents, and others to comply with Coast Guard's new regulations, the NBIC will be introducing new BW Management Reporting forms. The first option is an interactive web application that will step the user through the process of reporting ballast water activities. Because users of the Web App BWMR form will be connecting directly to the NBIC BW Information System via an Internet browser, they will have access to all of their previous reports and to the most up-to-date BWMR form versions and features, making reporting faster and easier than ever before. Furthermore, Web App users will receive immediate confirmation that their report has been received by the NBIC. For the vast majority of vessel arrivals, BWM reports will be due 6 hrs AFTER ARRIVAL to port (an important change from pre-arrival reporting), minimizing uncertainty about ballast activities. Reporting from port should also maximize Internet connectivity.

Alternatively, the NBIC offers a PDF version of the BWMR form that allows users to submit via e-mail or directly on-line. Instructions for use of the PDF form are available on-line, or downloaded.
 
29 January 2016 Under the new BW Reporting and Recordkeeping rules, there are essentially 3 populations that are required to report their BW management activities to the NBIC:

1) Any vessel that is equipped with ballast water tanks and bound for ports or places in the United States: submit a Ballast Water Management Report (BWMR) to the NBIC no later than 6 hours after arrival at the port or place of destination, or prior to departure from that port or place of destination, whichever is earlier.

Exceptions to the above are:

2) for any vessel bound for the Great Lakes from outside the EEZ: submit a BWMR at least 24 hours before the vessel arrives in Montreal, Quebec.

3) for any vessel bound for the Hudson River north of the George Washington Bridge entering from outside the EEZ: submit the BWMR to NBIC at least 24 hours before the vessel enters New York, NY.

See 33 CFR Part 151, Section 151.2060 Reporting requirements for more details.