The Department of Ecology regulates waste discharge from Cruise Ships in Washington State.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Department of Ecology (Ecology), the Cruise Lines International Association North West & Canada (CLIA-NWC) and the Port of Seattle was originally signed on April 20, 2004. It has been amended five times since then to strengthen the requirements.
Ecology is accepting amendment proposals through December 4, 2017. The MOU parties consider updates every three years. To propose an amendment please see the criteria and information on how to submit at the bottom of this page.
Ecology is accepting amendment proposals through December 4, 2017. The MOU parties consider updates every three years. To propose an amendment please see the criteria and information on how to submit.
The MOU covers large passenger ships that are members of the CLIA-NWC.
It does not cover ships such as:
The MOU prohibits discharges of both blackwater and graywater to Washington state waters from all cruise ships except discharges treated with advanced wastewater treatment systems (AWTS) and when stringent requirements are met. Such systems have been and are being installed on some of the cruise ships serving the Alaska market. AWTS are installed to provide treatment that meets or exceeds Alaska’s requirements under federal law.
The MOU defines the subject waters as being consistent with Washington marine waters. It requires sampling and monitoring of wastewater discharges and allows for vessel inspections by Ecology.
The MOU includes additional elements, such as:
Under the current MOU, item no. 10 sets out the process for amending the MOU. Ecology is requesting proposed amendments to be submitted to Ecology by December 4, 2017. Please follow the criteria as outlined below and submit all proposed amendments to:
firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or
Department of Ecology
Water Quality Program
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
10. Amendments to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will occur every three years starting in 2012. A request for proposed amendments will be posted on the Port of Seattle and Department of Ecology websites at the beginning of November of the year preceding the amendment adoption (e.g., in the beginning of November 2011 for 2012 adoption). All proposed amendments must be submitted within 21 calendar days of the posting.
A 45-day review period will follow for all of the MOU signatories to review and validate the proposed amendments (around mid January). This period is longer to account for the holiday period, if the timing is different, review periods may be adjusted accordingly.
Amendments that meet the criteria identified below will be then posted for a 30-day public comment period (around mid February).
At the end of the comment period, MOU signatories will review the comments and meet to decide which, if any, of the proposed amendments should be adopted.
All proposed amendments meeting the following criteria will be advanced for further review and comment:
The only exception to this amendment process is an amendment proposed by one of the signatories and supported unanimously by the other two signatories.
Immediately Report MOU Non-Compliance to the Department of Ecology at: 425-649-7000 (24-hours)
Immediately Report “upset of disinfection" to Department of Health at: 360-236-3330 (8 am-5 pm) or 360-786-4183 (after hrs.)
Information for reporting oil or other spills
Map of Waters
Subject to MOU
Amy Jankowiak Department of Ecology Water Quality Program 3190 160th Ave. SE Bellevue, WA 98008
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