The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has published a revised 2021 Shipboard Technology Evaluation Program (STEP) Application Package. This application facilitates the process for both prototype Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) and BWMS undergoing U.S. Type Approval testing under the oversight of an Independent Laboratory (IL). The application and instructions for submitting are available on the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards webpage.
The STEP application incorporates fully validated experimental design parameters developed through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) process, as well as ETV harmonized shipboard testing requirements. Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-04 (NVIC 01-04) establishes the process and gives additional information for vessel owners to apply to STEP.
The revised format is intended to assist applicants to prepare and submit all necessary information in a clear and consistent manner, thus facilitating the review process. Potential applicants should familiarize themselves with the guidance before completing the application. There is NO CHARGE for applying to or being enrolled in STEP.
If you have questions, please contact the Chief of the Environmental Standards Division at [email protected]