Final Environmental Impact Statement. Regulations for U.S. Tank Vessels Carrying Oil in Foreign Trade and Foreign Tank Vessels that Enter the Navigable Waters of the United States.
COAST GUARD WASHINGTON D C OFFICE OF MERCHANT MARINE SAFETY
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This statement assesses the environmental impact of changing the pollution prevention regulations in Title 33, Part 157, Code of Federal Regulations to extend requirements for segregated ballast on new tank vessels over 70,000 deadweight tons and other vessel design, equipment, and operating requirements to two new groups of vessels U.S. tank vessels carrying oil in foreign trade, and foreign tank vessels carrying oil to or from U.S. ports. These regulations, their environmental effects, and the alternatives considered by the Coast Guard are discussed in an earlier statement, Final Environmental Impact Statement Regulations for Tank Vessels Engaged in the Carriage of Oil in Domestic Trade, completed 15 August 1975. This statement expands on and should be read in conjunction with the earlier statement. The purpose of these regulations is to control the discharge of oily mixtures from tank cleaning and deballasting operations and to incorporate construction requirements for new vessels which will reduce size and occurrence of oil spills from future vessel accidents and improve the survivability of tankers after damage. These regulations are based on requirements of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, 1973, but also include constraints on the location of required segregated ballast spaces to provide protective spaces against collision or grounding damage. Author
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