International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Increasingly complex environmental regulations are affecting the maritime industry. These include upcoming regulations from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), ballast water management requirements, and global sulfur limits.
These rules cover the construction, repair, and alteration of ships (including barges, push boats, and self-propelled vessels) and related facilities that produce hazardous air pollutants or release polluted water into the environment. They also govern various other issues, including pollution prevention and waste disposal.
Shipyard environmental rules are designed to promote compliance with federal and state laws while recognizing the unique needs of each business and facility. The program's goals are to reduce environmental impact, protect Florida's waterways, and encourage a "greener" approach to boating.
The Clean Boater Program helps recreational boaters keep the waterways clean by guiding how to adopt environmentally-friendly habits, such as proper trash management, using bilge socks and fueling collars, and using EPA Safer Choice products. This program is a joint effort between government agencies and the marine industry. It ensures that boaters understand how to protect the environment while enjoying their favorite waterways.
JSI and other shipyards are required to report their activities and pay penalties for violations under Florida's Clean Water Act. DEP uses this information to track violations and levy fines for noncompliance.
Other companies that are subject to the Clean Water Act are required to disclose their pollution sources and conduct an assessment of their water quality. In some cases, these companies may also be required to obtain permits for their operations or change their water treatment practices.
Herschel Vinyard represents clients where regulatory, business, and legal questions intersect. He has three decades of experience assisting businesses in the environmental sector. Herschel's knowledge of the law and public policy behind it gives him an advantage when advising his clients on their best course of action. He is a leading expert in state environmental law and policy and frequently presents at conferences on these topics.