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EDITOR’S NOTE t wasn’t too long ago that U.S. Coast Guard RADM Paul Thomas said, “Regulation can provide the critical forcing function that drives innovation and encourages technological develop- ments to meet the environmental challenges.” He was referencing the ballast water treatment

I quandary. At the time, I wasn’t so sure he was right. But, when it comes to today’s brown water industry, that’s exactly what is happening. Regulations are driving business. Stakeholders can either get on board, or tie up their boats.

A perfect example of that manifests in the advent of the latest EPA Tier rule that presents operators with dif

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