The USCG announced measures to prevent environmental and health problems resulting from harmful aquatic plants and animals carried from abroad in ships' ballast water, a move reflecting the Department of Transportation's commitment to controlling and preventing the introduction of these species. A new interim rule, effective July 1, requires ships operating outside of U.S. waters to report their ballast water management practices. It also establishes voluntary ballast water management guidelines for all waters of the U.S. The USCG is taking these actions to implement the National Invasive Species Act (NISA) of 1996. Current federal regulations require ships entering the Great Lakes and upper portions of the Hudson River to conduct an open-ocean exchange of their ballast water prior to using these waterways. During this procedure a ship replaces the water in its ballast tanks with water that is less likely to contain potentially invasive species. This is currently defined as water from a sea area over 200 miles from shore and with a depth of 6,561 ft. This operational process has drawbacks, including ship safety concerns, but it is the best solution available at the moment. The interim rule requires a ship with ballast tanks, after having operated beyond the 200-mile-wide Exclusive Economic Zone, to provide information that documents the ship's ballast water management efforts
Wärtsilä ballast water management systems will enable Japanese bulk carriers to achieve compliance with environmental regulations Six new bulk carriers being built at the Namura and Onomichi shipyards in Japan are to be fitted with 12 Wärtsilä Aquarius UV ballast water management systems (BWMS). The Wärtsilä systems will enable the vessels to comply with anticipated International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations. The contracts were signed in October
The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking information regarding the status of research and development of ballast water management systems and analytical technologies and methods used in testing ballast water management systems. The agency is particularly interested in technologies and methodologies for rapid detection, enumeration, and determination of organism viabilities in ballast water. Comments should be submitted by June 23 71 Fed. Reg. 25798 source: HK Law
Angola, Africa, maritime authority draws attention of masters to its ballast water management requirements All vessels coming from outside Angola must follow Angolan Executive Decree 12-05, article 10 regarding ballast water management. It appears to the Angolan authority that the relevant information has not been passed on to ships' master. The decree states that Operators must ensure that vessels and/or installations originating fromoutside the country and operating under their
Ballast Water Management: Lloyd’s Register offers vessel owners and operators timely information series to help them select right technology. ‘One stop information shop’ includes an online comparison tool and a list of the available technologies. Lloyd’s Register’s new Understanding Ballast Water Management Series introduces a range of tools and technical guidance to help operators make informed decisions that meet compliance with forthcoming requirements of
Wärtsilä contracted to retrofit its AQUARIUS UV ballast water management system for the Marola, a 37,000 cbm fully-refrigerated Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) vessel of the Carbofin SPA, Italy fleet. The retrofitting for the Marola will take place in autumn 2013 when the ship is dry docked. The vessel will operate in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and South American waters. By virtue of its design
The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a document entitled Report on the California Ballast Water Management Program
Ballast water management is to become a major consideration in the design of new vessels following the approval by IMO of a series of measures aimed at reducing the harmful effects of marine organisms transported in ballast water and the risks involved in some ballast water management techniques. The 47th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC), which met from 4 to 8 March at IMO Headquarters in London
Singapore-based World Tankers Management is the first tanker operator in Singapore to have its fleet certified under Lloyd's Register's new BWMP operational notation for ballast water management. In recognition of this achievement, at a formal ceremony in Singapore, World Tankers was awarded with a certificate from Lloyd’s Register commending them for their proactive approach to ballast water management. Accepting the award, Michael Bruce
Beginning June 21, 2012, the U.S. regulations on ballast water management and reporting (detailed in Classification News 14/2004) will be superseded by new regulations, which will require ships to treat ballast water and regularly remove hull fouling. Ships calling at U.S. ports and intending to discharge ballast will be required to use an approved ballast water treatment system, which meets the U.S. discharge standard (which is the same as the IMO D-2 standard) in accordance with the
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
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).
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
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
BMT WBM (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, has announced that the Hawkesbury-Nepean River and South Creek model, developed for Sydney Water has been awarded the Program Innovation Award at this year’s Australian Water Association’s (AWA) New South Wales (NSW) Awards
The Round Table (RT) of International Shipping Organisations (comprising BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping, Intercargo and INTERTANKO) is deeply concerned if the international convention to regulate ships’ ballast water comes into force in the near future without a realistic
Polar Code environmental provisions set for adoption at IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meets for its 68th session from May 11-15, 2015, at IMO Headquarters in London
Wärtsilä has received another important order for its Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). Three new container ships being built for a major European shipping company at the Jinhai Shipyard in China will be fitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS
Evoqua Water Technologies has been awarded a second United States patent on its technical solution for treating ballast water. This latest patent was granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on the 3rd of March, 2015.
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
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.
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
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
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
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published its Annual Review of maritime policy developments in advance of its Annual General Meeting and to coincide with this week’s meeting of the IMO Maritime Safety Committee.