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harborcraft -- Commercial Harbor Craft Initial Report Update Posted: 31 May 2012 15:35:26
ARB staff has updated the Excel Initial Report form to include the vessel categories of barge and dredge for vessel use. The updated Commercial Harbor Craft Initial Report form is available on the following webpage: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft/reporting.htm The Air Resources Board (ARB or Board) commercial harbor craft regulation (CHC regulation) has required that owners and operators of vessels that operate in Regulated California waters submit a one-time initial report regarding their vessels since February 28, 2009. If you have already submitted an initial report, you are not required to complete a new initial report. Vessel owners and operators are required to keep a copy of their initial report and yearly records on the vessel or in a central dockside location to be made available upon request by ARB staff. In addition, vessel owners and operators with in-use compliance requirements must submit a report about how they plan to comply with these requirements and, once they have complied, how compliance was met. The CHC regulation was adopted in November 2007 and became effective in January 2009. Commercial harbor craft includes crew and supply vessels, commercial fishing vessels, ferries, excursion vessels, pilot boats, tow boats, tug boats, barges, dredges, and work boats. The Board approved amendments to the CHC regulation in June 2010 which added in-use engine requirements for crew and supply, barge, and dredge vessel engines. The CHC regulation requires existing Tier 1 and earlier auxiliary and propulsion engines on in-use ferries, excursion vessels, tugboats, towboats, crew and supply vessels, barges, and dredges to meet United States Environmental Protection Agency Tier 2 or Tier 3 marine engine standards in effect at the time compliance is required. This regulation is part of ARBís ongoing effort to reduce diesel particulate matter in communities located near ports. Additional information on the regulation is available at the following link: http://www.arb.ca.gov/ports/marinevess/harborcraft.htm If you have any questions regarding the commercial harbor craft initial report or compliance with the commercial harbor craft regulation, please contact Todd Sterling at 916-445-1034 or via e-mail at email@example.com.