With anticipation and excitement for the historic Eclipse passing through the Charleston area, the Coast Guard wants to highlight the importance of safety and preparedness for those enjoying the waterways here in the Low Country, said CDR Nick Wong, Deputy, Sector Commander, USCG Sector Charleston.
Unlike USCG-documented vessels, foreign pleasure vessels are not regulated by USCG. If one is used to transport paying passengers, theres no assurance that passenger safety wont be compromised by uncertified masters operating potentially unsafe vessels.
citizen is not eligible for USCG documentation, and considered a foreign vessel for CBP purposes.
Following the United States Coast Guard (USCG) decision not to accept the most probable number (MPN) method in assessing ballast water treatment systems, tests of Alfa Laval PureBallast are underway using the USCGA-approved 5 chloromethylfluorescein diacetate (CMFDA) staining method.
In mid-December 2015, the USCG issued its decision that the MPN method is not equivalent to the CMFDA staining method stipulated by the USCG Ballast Water Discharge Final Rule.
The decision applies solely to the MPN method and in no way disqualifies UV-based systems from USCG type approval.