Experts on aquative invasive species along with environmental engineers and fishing and river-carrier interests will convene on May 14 and 15 in Chicago for a meeting to discuss practical ways to prevent invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. More than 60 people from the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom will participate in the summit. The summit will begin with presentations on invasive-species transfer, wastewater management, flood control, and navigation and shipping. Participants will devise a work plan for preventing further environmental degradation and impacts on marine-related industries in the two basins. Mayor Daley and Chicago’s Department of Environment, along with William F. Hartwig, regional director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service are expected to be on hand for the summit. The summit will be held at the Hyatt on Printer’s Row, 500 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago.
Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 5395) to establish marine and freshwater research, development, and demonstration programs to support efforts to prevent, control, and eradicate invasive species, as well as to educate citizens and stakeholders and restore ecosystems. Source: HK Law
The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service, will meet in Herndon, Virginia on October 19 and 20. Topics on the agenda include the 100th Meridian Initiative, Caulerpa eradication, invasive species forecasting, and risk analysis. 70 Fed. Reg. 59079 (HK Law).
Witnesses representing the shipping industry, ports, and an environmental organization met on May 15 to urge the development of mandatory federal ballast water management regulations and alternative management options to more effectively address the problem of aquatic invasive species in the United States. The joint hearing of the U.S. House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee focused on the implementation of the National
On March 25, the Subcommittees on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation and on Water Resources & Environment of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure conducted a joint hearing on Ballast Water Management. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the international ballast water standards recently agreed to by the IMO and to review reauthorization of the National Invasive Species Act (NISA). RADM Thomas Gilmour, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security
Steven A. Fisher, Executive Director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association takes issue with the findings of a Notre Dame Ballast Water Technology research paper. To the Editor: In recent years, a debate has raged between the maritime industry and environmental activists regarding the appropriate regulation of ships' ballast water. This public policy discussion has unfortunately been tainted by considerable misinformation
Funding for the GloBallast Partnerships project, to assist developing countries in reducing the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ships' ballast water, has been approved by the intergovernmental Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), enabling the project to enter an exciting new phase. The main objective of GloBallast Partnerships (full title: Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water)
The U.S. Coast Guard and the EPA are co-sponsoring a meeting of the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Stakeholders in Alexandria, Va., on June 18, 2002. Items on the agenda include an update on the ETV program, IMO activities, USCG ballast water standards, the ETV ballast water protocol, possible ballast water test sites, NOAA ballast water activities, and reauthorization of the National Invasive Species Act. Source: HK Law
The US Coast Guard released the Great Lakes ballast water management report. The report, compiled by the Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG), summarizes efforts to coordinate bi-national enforcement and compliance efforts to reduce the likelihood of introduction of aquatic invasive species via ballast water. The report indicates that, during 2007, 100% of first trip ships bound for the received a ballast water examination and 100% of ballast water reporting forms were
Not Enough Ships Able to Flush Out Invasive Species Before They Reach Port, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Reports Invasive species have hitchhiked to the U.S. on cargo ships for centuries, but the method U.S. regulators most rely on to keep them out is not equally effective across coasts. Ecologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have found that ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico are significantly less protected than ports on the West Coast
Calgon Carbon Corporation announced that its Hyde Guardian Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS), developed and manufactured by its wholly owned subsidiary, Hyde Marine, Inc., became one of the first BWTS to earn Alternate Management System (AMS) approval from the United States Coast Guard (USCG)
The IMO Type-Approved Balpure ballast water treatment system from Severn Trent De Nora has become one of the first ballast water treatment technologies to receive the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) Alternate Management System (AMS) certification.
Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, said it has named W&O Supply as its exclusive sales distributor in the U.S. and Canada for Hyde Guardian Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS). The chemical free Hyde Guardian BWTS uses efficient filtration and
IMO’s GloBallast Partnerships Project, which assists developing countries and their maritime industries for implementation of the international regulations on ballast water management to prevent the spread of alien invasive species, has won the sixth Marine BizTV International Maritime Award
Retlif Testing Laboratories is part of a partnership to evaluate and test technologies designed to treat ballast water on board ships against non-native aquatic species in American coastal waters, lakes and rivers. The U.S. Coast Guard developed regulations to limit the release of live
Suggested Ballast Water Management Systems Regulatory Changes After many years of negotiation, the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments was adopted on 16 February 2004 by an international conference sponsored by the International
Montreal-based Fednav Group, owner of Federal Marine Terminals, Inc. (FMT), the leading terminal operator at the Port of Cleveland, has delivered three new state-of-the-art vessels to trade on the Great Lakes-Seaway System. The MV Federal Satsuki, arrived at Federal Marine Terminals
Wärtsilä's AQUARIUS® UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted Type Approval in accordance with the 2004 IMO Convention. This approval endorses Wärtsilä’s BWMS market entry and provides ship owners with greater cost effective BWMS technology choice
A Training Module for all Mariners Professional mariners have a unique responsibility as they transit the world’s oceans. Mariners see a part of this earth that the vast majority of humanity will never witness and, in turn, they become stewards of the ocean by following the numerous
Jotun has announced the launch of SeaLion Resilient, a high performance marine coating based on epoxy-polysiloxane technology. Following extensive research and testing, Jotun has introduced the industry’s first anti-fouling coating that includes epoxy-polysiloxane
The Sustainable Ocean Summit 2013 (SOS 2013), organized by the World Ocean Council (WOC), is an international ocean business community gathering dedicated to industry leadership and collaboration in developing solutions to ocean sustainability challenges. Washington D.C. - April 22-24, 2013
The SOS 2013 program will take on the issues that are challenging access to ocean areas and resources by responsible industry operators. Click here to see the program. This global gathering of the diverse ocean business community is not a conference to discuss the issues
The US EPA release the Final Draft of the Vessel General Permit (VGP) which comes in to force 19 December 2013. The aim of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System's (NPDES) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) is to protect the nation's waters from ship-borne pollutants and reduce
APL clinched the inaugural Green Ship of the Year award at the 2013 International Maritime Awards organized by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore here this evening. The APL Yangshan, a 10,700-TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) container ship built in 2012 currently plying the
The U.S. Coast Guard announced the acceptance of nine ballast water treatment systems today as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) in compliance with the service’s March 2012 final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged (SLOSBWD) in U.S. waters.