Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Holding Tank Discharge Lock
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“There is no general requirement in US waters to lock the overboard discharge valve!”
I think you need to familiarize yourself with 33 CFR 159.7 – USCG Requirements for vessel operators.
(b) When operating a vessel on a body of water where the discharge of treated or untreated sewage is prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency under 40 CFR 140.3 or 140.4, the operator must secure each Type I or Type II device in a manner which prevents discharge of treated or untreated sewage. Acceptable methods of securing the device include—
(1) Closing the seacock and removing the handle;
(2) Padlocking the seacock in the closed position;
(3) Using a non-releasable wire-tie to hold the seacock in the closed position; or
(4) Locking the door to the space enclosing the toilets with a padlock or door handle key lock.
(c) When operating a vessel on a body of water where the discharge of untreated sewage is prohibited by the Environmental
With best regards,
Super Maramu 2000
Currently cruising: Marsh Harbour – Abaco Islands - Bahamas
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Sent: Monday, February 01, 2016 10:28 AM
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Holding Tank Discharge Lock
There is no general requirement in US waters to lock the overboard discharge valve!
Some local jurisdictions or marinas might have such a rule, but it is most certainly not required in all US territorial waters.
That said, it is not legal to discharge your tank within 3 nautical miles of the coast, but you do not have to disable the discharge valve.
I have kept a boat in a marina which wanted the valve disabled. Tying it shut with a plastic cable tie satisfied them.