On May 5th and 6th, the Canadian Seaway, the U.S Seaway and Fednav (all three of which are Green Marine participants) organized a demonstration of a ballast water inspection at the St. Lawrence Seaway’s St. Lambert Lock. This media event drew particular attention to the fact that the regulatory regime for ballast water management that is currently in place in the Great Lakes is among the most rigorous in the world. The event also showed that ballast water inspections are only one of the measures that Transport Canada, the United States Coast Guard and the two Seaway corporations have implemented in order to control aquatic invasive species. Other measures revolve around ballast water exchange procedures, and include such requirements as the need to maintain detailed documentation regarding ballast operations, and the need ensure that ballast water exchange takes place in very deep waters.
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