>Final Rule: Pollution Prevention Equipment

>The Coast Guard is finalizing its Jan. 16, 2009, interim rule establishing oil pollution prevention equipment requirements with one minor amendment to the rule’s effective date for vessels with equipment installed on or after Jan. 1, 2005. The rule harmonizes Coast Guard regulations with new International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines and specifications issued under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex I. It implements these MARPOL Annex I regulations and, ultimately, is intended to reduce the amount of oil discharged from vessels and eliminate the use of ozonedepleting solvents in equipment tests. All vessels replacing or installing oilywater separators and bilge alarms must install equipment that meets these revised standards. Newly constructed vessels carrying oil in bulk must install monitoring systems that meet the revised standards.

This final rule is effective Nov. 12, 2009, except that paragraphs 33 CFR 155.350(a)(3), 155.360(a)(2), and 155.370(a)(4) are effective Oct. 13, 2009. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register on Nov. 12, 2009.