The Environment

Ballast Water

USCG Ballast Water Reporting Form

The U.S. Coast Guard regulations require all vessels bound for the U.S. Great Lakes ports from beyond the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) to exchange their ballast at sea. If the vessels have not complied, they may be required to retain the ballast on board, pump the ballast ashore, treat the ballast in an environmentally sound manner, or return to sea to conduct a ballast exchange. The USCG requires all vessels from outside the EEZ, equipped with ballast tanks, to submit the ballast water report form via fax to MSD Massena 24 hours prior to the vessel's arrival in Montreal. To obtain a copy of the required report form, go to