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IMO Adopts New Ballast Water Rules

A new international convention to prevent the potentially devastating effects of the spread of harmful aquatic organisms carried by ships' ballast water has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution from ships. The instrument was adopted at an international conference held from 9 to13 February 2004 at IMO's London Headquarters. The Convention will require all ships to implement a Ballast Water and Sediments Management Plan. All ships will have to carry a Ballast Water Record Book and will be required to carry out ballast water management procedures to a given standard. Existing ships will be required to do the same, but after a phase-in period. Parties to the Convention are given the option to take additional measures which are subject to criteria set out in the Convention and to IMO guidelines yet to be developed. IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos congratulated Member Governments on the successful outcome of the conference. "With the adoption of this Convention, the Organization has made global provisions to control and manage ships' ballast water and thus prevent, minimize and ultimately eliminate the transfer of


Senate Committee OKs Ballast Water Bill

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today voted unanimously to approve the “Ballast Water Management Act of 2005” (S. 363), introduced by Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and co-sponsored by Senators Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Maryland), and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii). The legislation would amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to establish


U.S. Ports Endorse Ballast Water Legislation

In response to the growing trend of state laws regulating ballast water discharges from ships, U.S. ports plan to develop a legislative proposal that would: 1) establish a strong Federal ballast water management program; and, 2) preempt state legislation in this area. During the Monday, October 16, meeting of AAPA's U.S. Legislative Policy Council (USLPC) representing the Association's 84 U.S. port members, Chairman of the Board J


Ballast Water Treatment Systems

The U.S. Coast Guard seeks consultation with interested and affected parties in establishing a program to approve ballast water treatment systems. The intent is to ensure that ballast water treatment systems approved for use on vessels will meet the ballast water discharge standard the Coast Guard will be implementing in the near future. Comments and related material should be submitted by December 3, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 47453 (August 5, 2004).


Alfa Laval's PureBallast Receives Type Approval

PureBallast, Alfa Laval’s chemical-free system for ballast water treatment, has now received full Ballast Water Type Approval from DNV on behalf of Norwegian authorities. The certification, which was issued on June 27th, confirms that PureBallast complies in full with pending ballast water treatment legislation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Alfa Laval’s PureBallast system, which has been purchased for installation aboard more then 25 vessels since its launch


Hyde Marine to Display Ballast Water Tech at SMM

Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS

Hyde Marine, Inc., a ballast water treatment technology company, will showcase its Hyde GUARDIAN Gold HG250G Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) at the upcoming Shipbuilding, Machinery, & Marine Technology (SMM) International Trade Fair, September 9-12, 2014, in Hamburg, Germany. The Hyde GUARDIAN Gold BWTS recently received Alternate Management System (AMS) Approval from the United States Coast Guard (USCG), which is a critical step to achieving full USCG Type Approval


Hamworthy Develops New Ballast Water Solutions

Hamworthy Ballast/Image: Hamworthy

Ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention is widely anticipated within the next 12 months. As a consequence, ship owners are evaluating as a matter of some urgency which ballast water treatment technology is best suited to both their existing and new ships. Recognizing that no one solution will be suitable across all ship types, sizes and environmental conditions, Hamworthy’s dedicated ballast water research and development team has developed two different


California Clarifies BWMS Position

Installation or use of an USCG accepted Alternative Management Systems (AMS) does not waive a vessel's requirement to meet the California Code of Regulations ballast discharge performance standards. In accordance with the California Public Resource Code and California Code of Regulations, vessels may manage ballast water using an alternative, environmentally sound method approved by the California State Lands Commission or the USCG as being at least as effective as ballast water exchange


BallastMaster ultraV USCG Certified

The BallastMaster ultraV provides efficient treatment of ballast water by means of filtration and UV-C radiation and is available with capacities of 250 or 500 cubic meters per hour.

The BallastMaster ultraV developed by GEA Westfalia Separator Group for treating ballast water has been awarded the "Alternate Management System" (AMS) certificate. The approval was awarded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on November 11, 2013 and is considered to be the standard for the international recognition and selection of suppliers of ballast water processing installations. The AMS certificate is considered by the USCG to be a transitional measure until the type


BIMCO, Fathom, to Publish Ballast Water Management Guide

Cover of the Guide: Image credit BIMCO, Fathom

BIMCO & Fathom have joined forces to provide comprehensive information on ballast water treatment, to help shipowners make wise decisions in advance of new Ballast Water Management Regulations which are likely to be implemented in 2014. The publishers explain that the Guide will give shipowners and operators full understanding of how ballast water management regulations and options affect their operations. It will provide full insight


New Compact Ballast Water Filters Launched

Image: Filtersafe

Filtersafe announced the launch of its ‘Compact’ line of ballast water filters, a new range of self-cleaning filtration systems designed for use in vessels with limited space or for retrofit installations.    The new, single screen compact filters are designed to handle


LCA Sees Progress on Great Lakes Issues

Prospects for ending the dredging crisis and resolving other pressing issues on the Great Lakes are the best in 12 years according to Lake Carriers’ Association (LCA), the trade association representing U.S.-flag vessel operators on the inland seas


De Nora Acquires Severn Trent's Water Purification Business

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  De Nora announces the completion of the acquisition of the Water Purification group of Severn Trent Services. The new business line, called De Nora Water Technologies, will be focused on delivering sustainable and innovative water and wastewater technologies for municipal


Hapag-Lloyd Implements UV Ballast Water Treatment

The GEA BallastMaster ultraV treats ballast water by means of filtration and UV-C radiation (Image: GEA)

German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd relies on chemical-free UV ballast water treatment from GEA for fitting its containership fleet. In April 2015, the BallastMaster ultraV 500 was technically accepted on board Panamax containership London Express (shipboard acceptance approval).  


Wärtsilä Bags BWM Systems Order from Jinhai Shipyard

BWMS Aquarius UV systems. Photo credit: Wärtsilä Corporation

 Wärtsilä Corporation, has received an order for ballast water management systems (BWMS) for three new container ships being built for a major European shipping company at the Jinhai Shipyard in China.   The vessels will be fitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius UV systems


Hyde Marine to Present on BWTS at Nor-Shipping

Image: Hyde Marine

Company to Share Seamless Integration of Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS); Experience in Retrofits for Small Footprint Installations at Nor-Shipping Maritime Environmental & Efficiency Management Seminar   Hyde Marine, Inc., announced it will attend Nor-Shipping 2015, June 2-5


BWTS Newcomer Sees Early Success

Photo: MMC Green Technology

Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems MMC Green Technology reports it has sold more than 70 systems since going commercial with its MMC BWMS two years ago, 40 of which have already been installed on board vessels worldwide, the company said.


Unicom Selects the Ecochlor BWTS for 10 Tankers

Ecochlor, Inc. announced that Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd. (Unicom), acting for SCF Group, signed a 10-vessel agreement for the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in Limassol, Cyprus on May 6, 2015.   The agreement will see the Ecochlor BWTS retrofitted on 10 oil


USCG Approves PureBallast for Barge Applications

Alfa Laval PureBallast

The explosion-proof version of Alfa Laval’s chemical-free ballast water treatment system, PureBallast 3.1 EX, has received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard for use on barges sailing in U.S. coastal waters. The approval comes a year after Alfa Laval PureBallast received an IECEx Certificate


Wärtsilä, COSCO Ink BWMS License Agreement

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has signed a manufacturing license agreement with COSCO (Weihai) Shipbuilding Marine Technology Company Limited (WECOSCO) based in Weihai, China. The two-way agreement provides COSCO with access to technology and the rights to manufacture the Wärtsilä Aquarius Electro


New Ballast Water Treatment Solutions from Damen

Damen LoFlo (Image: Damen)

Damen has launched two new ballast water treatment solutions onto the market, Damen LoFlo and Damen BalCon.   The new solutions are a response to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention 2004, which is edging ever closer to ratification and the U.S


What's New at Alfa Laval?

Alfa Laval PureDry and PureBilge integrated system

Alfa Laval: Upgrades, New Products for BWT, Oily Waste Treatment  & Exhaust Gas Cleaning Alfa Laval, a provider of specialized products and solutions based on heat transfer, separation and fluid handling technologies, addresses engineering and environmental requirements in a wide range


USCG Approves LR for BWTS Testing

Lloyd’s Register approved as independent laboratory by United States Coast Guard for Ballast Water Treatment Systems approvals   Lloyd’s Register (LR) has been approved as an independent laboratory (IL) and will begin testing of Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) to meet the


Validation Study of Ballast Water Compliance Tools Begins

Image: Turner Designs

The U.S. Coast Guard Research Development Center (USCG RDC) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD) cosponsored a validation study of the effectiveness of variable fluorescence-based instruments as compliance tools for ballast water checks.  


RWO Plots Its Strategy for CleanBallast

CleanBallast system (Image: RWO)

It’s been a difficult year in the ballast water market so far, says Bremen-based manufacturer RWO. Quite close to ratification, new regulations show up on the horizon, and old ones are put under discussion, piling the pressure on system requirements and manufacturers






 
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