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News: AIS type approvals by U.S.

The United States has commenced issuing type approvals of automatic identification system (AIS) equipment. Coast Guard type approvals may be accessed at AIS-USCG

N.E.I. Receives Fifth BWTS Type Approval Certificate

N.E.I. Treatment Systems receives its fifth BWTS type approval certificate from the netherlands, issued with a treatment rated capacity of 6,500 cubic meters per hour.   N.E.I. Treatment Systems announced today that the Netherlands has issued a Type Approval Certificate for the Company’s Venturi Oxygen Stripping™ (VOS) Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) with a Treatment Rated Capacity (TRC) of 6,500 cubic meters per hour (m3/hr).  The Netherlands is N.E.I

PureBallast Nears Completion of USCG Testing Procedures

PureBallast (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Alfa Laval saiys it continues to move swiftly towards the submission of a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application for Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1. The company has performed half of the required land-based tests and is set to conclude the remainder of these within Q2.   Alfa Laval remains on track to submit its application for USCG type approval after requisite tests of PureBallast are finished in Q2 of 2016

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

Flat Screen Marine Radars Earn Type-Approval

Litton Marine Systems (LMS) received type approval for its Decca BridgeMaster E 180 and 250 flat-screen marine radars. The type approval, granted by the U.K. Defence Evaluation and Research Agency, signifies that the flat-screen radars meet the stringent International Electrotechnical Commission specifications for performance and environmental requirements. The approval covers the 15-in. BridgeMaster E 180 and 18- and 20-in

Vacon Receives Type Approvals

The Finland-based AC drives manufacturer Vacon has received a type approval for marine use from the Norwegian certification body Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Earlier, Vacon received a type approval from the French certification body Bureau Veritas (BV). These approvals apply to Vacon's NXL, NXS and NXP ranges of AC drives. Vacon has delivered AC drives to control e.g. main propulsion, thrusters, steering gear as well as drawworks, topdrives, rotary tables and various types of winches

BV OKs Transas ECDIS

French classification society Bureau Veritas (BV) issued a type approval certificate for the Navi-Sailor 2400 ECDIS from Transas Marine. The certification procedures resulted in the full acceptance of the similar type approval, which was given to the Transas ECDIS in October 1999 and became the world's first internationally recognizd approval for this type of product. Navi-Sailor 2400 ECDIS is capable of displaying S-57 official charts published by national Hydrographic Offices, ARCS by UKHO

Vic-Press Receives Five New Type Approvals

Vic-Press (Image courtesy of Victaulic)

Approvals from ABS, BV, DNV, Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register add to previous GL approval Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe-joining systems, has received type approvals from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), Korean Register and Lloyd’s Register for Vic-Press, a flame-free press system for joining small-diameter stainless steel pipe. With these new approvals

Wärtsilä Steerable Thruster Gets Class Approval

The  Wärtsilä WST-14 thruster.

DNV-GL approved the design of the Wärtsilä WST-14 thruster, significant as approval was granted based on a thruster design that has yet to be introduced into full series production. The approval by DNV-GL follows the release of Wärtsilä's next generation of thrusters at the end of 2013. The new WST-14 is part of the Wärtsilä Steerable Thruster (WST) compact series, which is aimed at tugs, anchor handling vessels, and coastal and inland waterway cargo vessels

Sperry Marine Introduces Flat Screen ARPA Radar

Sperry Marine, a business unit of Northrop Grumman Corporation, today announced that its Decca BridgeMaster E 340 is the first flat-screen radar to be type approved to meet the international carriage requirements for automatic radar plotting aids (ARPA). The flat-screen radars provide significant savings in space and weight over traditional CRT displays. This is especially important for high-speed craft, in which size and weight are significant constraints.

Liberia provides lead with BWMS proposal to IMO

David Pascoe Liberian Registry

The Liberian Maritime Administration is to introduce a proposal to the meeting of the IMO Marine Environmental Protection Committee (MEPC70) in London on 24 October to allow certain ships additional time beyond 2020 to install adequate ballast water management systems as required under the Ballast

Damen Partners with TeamTec for BWTS

Photo courtesy of Damen

Damen Green Solutions has signed a letter of intent with Norwegian company TeamTec to supply and service the AVITALISTM ballast water treatment system.   The system combines filtration and a proven, eco-friendly chemical treatment solution optimized for medium-sized to large vessels

Alfa Laval BWTS: USCG Type Approval Application Filed

Alfa Laval PureBallast BWTS (Photo: Alfa Laval)

After completion of land-based tests with marine, brackish and fresh water – all using the current ballast water treatment system design – a test report package for PureBallast has now been finalized by the independent lab DNV GL

ABS Updates BWT Guidance

Kirsi Tikka (Photo: ABS)

ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to the marine and offshore industries, has updated the ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment to support industry in the design and installation of ballast water management solutions that meet both regulatory and operational requirements.

Wärtsilä Says It’s Ready for the BWM Convention

Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (Image: Wärtsilä)

The International Maritime Organization's (IMO) International Convention for the Control and Management of ships' ballast water and sediments (BWM Convention) has been ratified and will enter into force on September 8, 2017. The treaty will ultimately require vessels in excess of 400 GRT to have a

Wärtsilä Preparing for Ratified BW Convention

Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System.

Wärtsilä has proactively planned and developed its range of Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) solutions in anticipation of the ratification of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) ballast water convention. The minimum levels of acceptance have now been achieved and the

Evolution BWT System Begins USCG Shipboard Tests

Photo: Cathelco

Cathelco announced that its Evolution ballast water treatment (BWT) system has begun shipboard testing for U.S. Coast Guard Type Approval.   The system has been installed on the Svendborg Strait a 1,085 TEU containership owned by Carsten Rehder of Hamburg.  

Over the Finnish Line

Image:  Poten & Partners

 Finland ratified the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC), raising the percentage of world tonnage to 35.1441% and the number of ratifying countries to 52.   This means that the hurdle of 30 countries representing 35% of the world’s merchant fleet has now been

Governments Must Act on Ballast Water Chaos: ICS

Photo: IMO

 The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) notes Finland’s significant announcement that it has acceded to the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.    This suggests that this new regime, to protect local ecosystems from the impacts of invasive species

De Nora BWTS in Brokerage Agreement with MARCAS

BALPURE (Photo: De Nora)

Electrochemical technologies firm De Nora has announced a brokerage agreement with MARCAS, a buying group for the maritime industry. The deal means that MARCAS members representing close to 1,700 vessels can access aggregate purchasing deals with De Nora for its BALPURE ballast water

Trojan Marinex Introduces Inline Lamp Driver

Image: Trojan Marinex

Trojan Marinex said its ballast water treatment (BWT) system now includes inline lamp drivers, therefore enabling a reduction in cabling and electrical panels , as well as a total system footprint reduction of up to 30 percent.   “Research and science

Wärtsilä BWMS for Three Maersk Tankers

Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS

Maersk Tankers A/S of Denmark has selected Wärtsilä's Electro Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for three new 50,000 DWT medium range (MR) tankers being built at the Samsung Heavy Industries (Ningbo) yard in China. The order was signed in the second quarter of 2016

Australia’s New Ballast Water Management Requirements

Image: Plymouth Marine Laboratory

The Australian government has announced via the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that from June 16, 2016, new requirements for ships engaged in international voyages will be enacted under the auspices of the ‘Biosecurity Act 2015’.  

KR Opens Opens New BWMS Testing Facility


The Korean Register (KR) – an IACS member classification society – has announced that it has significantly expanded its land-based test facilities for Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) by opening a brand new specialist facility.

USCG Denies DESMI’s BWTS Test Appeal

Photo: DESMI

The U.S. Coast Guard has denied ballast water treatment systems manufacturer DESMI Ocean Guard’s appeal regarding the USCG’s initial decision to reject the use of the MPN test method in type approval testing of ballast water treatment systems.  

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