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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

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 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

Ballast Water Treatment: Are You on Course for Compliance?

Geoff Taylor

Joined up thinking from two marine technology suppliers addresses impending legislation for Ballast Water Treatment and offers a practical solution for monitoring and recording the correct discharge of ballast water, in real-time. The International Maritime Organizations 2004 Ballast Water Management Convention lays down strict guidelines for the treatment and discharge of ballast water.  Already in force as of January 1, 2015 in U.S

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).

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

Plug-and-play Ballast Treatment Deck Modules

Marine Systems Inc. (MSI) delivered a pair of modular ballast water treatment units, specially designed for tank barge and ship operations.   The Ballast Treatment System Deck Module – or “Ballast Module” – combines expertise from MSI, Glosten and Alfa Laval

CMA CGM picks BIO-UV's Bio-Sea BWTS

Image: BIO-UV

  The world leading shipping group CMA-CGM has fitted its largest containership, the 18,000 TEU Vasco de Gama, with a 2,000 cu.m/h Bio-Sea 2000 Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) supplied by French ballast water treatment specialist Bio-UV.  

NOCC Opts for Optimarin BWT System for Its Newbuild


  Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has been chosen by Norwegian Car Carriers AS (NOCC) as the supplier of choice for its two newbuild vessels currently under construction at Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries in South Korea

US Orders EPA to Rewrite Ship Ballast Water Dumping Rules

A federal appeals court in New York ordered the government to rewrite its rules regulating the discharge of ballast water by ships, in a victory for environmental groups that said the rules were too lenient and threatened the nation's waterways.

SeaCURE BWMS Completes First Stage Testing

Photo: Evoqua Water Technologies

Evoqua Water Technologies has become the first company to complete low salinity (brackish) water testing for ballast water management solutions (BWMS), the company announced today.   As part of United States Coast Guard (USCG) protocols

Ballast Water Treatment Modular and Just in Time

“We’re working with four independent labs right now to validate (technology) submittals ... I’m pretty optimistic we will have Coast Guard approved ballast water standards by the IMO  conference in November.”  Admiral Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the USCG, discussing the  ballast water issue at NorShipping (Photo: William Stoichevski)

A pair of market entries — one a business of powerful Japanese technology players, the other a newbie with some pedigree — reveal how bold, modular design could pay dividends in a competitive market. Their increments of innovation add up to timely ways to comply with changes

Clipper to Take Delivery of 2 Ultramax Newbuilds

Clipper Group announced it will take delivery of two SDARI64 newbuilding bulk carriers during the coming months from Sainty Shipbuilding in Yangzhou, China. The vessels, to be named Clipper Kalavryta and Clipper Kythira, were purchased as resales and will be technically and commercially managed by

Ballast Water Tech Business Gearing for a Surge in ‘16

Tom Perlich, President, Ecochlor

While the trek to see the ballast water technology market ‘really take off’ has stretched more than a decade longer than he anticipated, Ecochlor’s president Tom Perlich has maintained course and is ready to grow in rapid step with the market.  

Ballast Water System Retrofits for 11 Containerships

The Cap Ines will be the first of the Bernhard Schulte fleet to be retrofitted with a Wärtsilä BWMS solution. (Photo:

Eleven container vessels owned by Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG, based in Germany, are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS), Wärtsilä announced today.   The 11 containerships to be retrofitted range in size from 2,600 to 5

Wärtsilä's BWMS for Bernhard Schulte Vessels

The Cap Ines will be the first of the Bernhard Schulte fleet to be retrofitted with a Wärtsilä BWMS solution.

  Eleven container vessels owned by Bernhard Schulte GmbH & Co. KG, based in Germany, are to be retrofitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This is one of the largest single retrofit contracts thus far issued for BWMS solutions

OceanSaver BWT for 2 European-owned VLCCs

Ballast water treatment (BWT) supplier OceanSaver said it has been contracted to deliver BWTsystems for two VLCCs to a European owner, currently being constructed by STX Offshore & Shipbuilding in South Korea. The contract’s value is undisclosed.  

Hapag-Lloyd Relies on GEA BallastMaster ultraV 500

BallastMaster  ultraV 500

Germany’s largest shipping company, Hapag-Lloyd, relies on chemical-free UV ballast water reatment from GEA for fitting its container fleet.   In April 2015, the BallastMaster ultraV 500 was technically accepted on board Panamax containership London Express (shipboard acceptance

Damen’s New BWTS

Image: Damen

Damen 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

Ulusoy Selects Trojan Marinex BWT for Retrofit

TRojan Marinex BWT system (image: Trojan Technologies)

We are proud to announce that Turkey-based Ulusoy Denizyollari Isletmeciligi A.S. has selected the Trojan Marinex Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system to retrofit 12 vessels, including bulk carriers. The project was secured in conjunction with Trojan Marinex Turkish channel partner Esko Marine.

10 Optimarin BWT system for Asian Shipowner

Tore Andersen, CEO Optimarin

  Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin has secured a fleet agreement for the installation of 10 of its flexible, reliable and environmentally friendly systems with an unnamed Asian shipowner. The contract, covering a group of 6,700 TEU container vessels

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