NY ballast regulations too strict, Midwest governors say
Three Midwest governors have lined up against New York's pending restrictions on ships' ballast water, a major entry point for invasive species in the Great Lakes and St.
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#1 Sep 20, 2011
If the price of foreign manufactured goods rose American manufacturing would be more cost competitive creating jobs. The following report for congress prepared in 2009 explains how protecting all American waters equally from human bacteria and virus in ballast water would affect the cost to import foreign made products.
“Although estimates of the costs of ballast treatment may be imprecise and vary from vessel to
vessel, there is some general agreement on average costs.14 For example, it may cost an estimated
$400,000 per vessel for modification of container/bulk vessels to use onshore ballast water
treatment facilities at California ports. More generally, the cost of retrofitting vessels to treat
ballast water has been estimated at between $200,000 and $310,000 per vessel for mechanical
treatment and around $300,000 for chemical treatment.15 Most of this expense will be borne by
foreign shipping companies, as the U.S. flag fleet is a small percentage of the global fleet,16 and
likely passed along to consumers of products imported on these ships.”
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