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
Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2015 ballast water management report The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) released its 2015 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Management activities Thursday. During 2015, 100 percent of vessels bound for the Great Lakes Seaway from outside the Exclusive Economic Zone received a ballast water management exam. In total, the BWWG assessed all 8
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
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 California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a document entitled Report on the California Ballast Water Management Program
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
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
Saint Lucia has acceded to four International Maritime Organization (IMO) treaties, including conventions covering ballast water management (BWM Convention) and emissions from ship exhausts and energy efficiency (MARPOL Annex VI). Tafawa Williams, Alternate Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to IMO, met IMO’s Frederick Kenney, Director, Legal Affairs and External Relations Division, on May 26 to deposit the instruments of accession.
An Op-Ed issued by the Lake Carriers’ Association, American Great Lakes Ports Association and Great Lakes Maritime Task Force addresses the “exaggerations and inaccuracies” surrounding the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA)
Peru has become the latest country to accede to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), a treaty designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water.
The Port of Kapellskär, Sweden, is being rebuilt to be able to accommodate larger vessels and meet market demands for current and future freight volumes. Now that the new 245 metre-long pier is completed, the port has two new modern quay-berths
Preparatory work to ensure timely compliance with IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention should not be postponed as it is thought the convention will soon be ratified by a sufficient number of states to pass the entry into force tonnage threshold.
Ballast water management experts, meeting at the recent IMO-GloBallast R&D Forum in Canada, have showcased the latest developments in ballast water management and highlighted the areas where further research is needed, in order to prevent the spread of potentially harmful species in ballast
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has made a number of submissions to a critical meeting of the IMO Marine Environment Committee (MEPC) which begins in London next week (18-22 April). These address further measures to reduce the sector’s CO2 emissions
BIMCO has shared the two critical issues at the top of its own priority list ahead of the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) meeting next week. These are: (1) approving a mandatory data collection system for fuel used on ships in international trade and
With its latest succession of contracts won, ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin reports it has now sold more than 400 of its environmentally friendly UV-based systems. Optimarin said 2016 has been a boom year for a company that installed the first ever
The cruise business is booming, and Evac said it has benefitted directly with 40 percent annual growth. The cruise business is the fastest-growing category in the leisure travel market, and demand is outstripping supply with average annual passenger growth of over seven percent since 1980
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has invited the Netherlands to invest in Indonesian infrastructure projects, particularly those that support Jokowi’s maritime sector development program, reports the Jakarta Post.
A team from International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Marine Environment Division has won the best Portfolio Solution Award in the 8th International Waters Conference (IWC8) organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) in Negombo, Sri Lanka (9-13 May).
OceanSaver informs it has finalized all testing required for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) type approval application of ballast water management systems. OceanSaver concluded testing along the Pacific coast of North America in close cooperation with ship owner CSL
Since July 2001, all ships entering Australian ports or waters from overseas have been subject to Australia’s national ballast water management requirements. These are currently enforced under the Quarantine Act 1908, but from June 16, 2016
The Defense Material Organization has awarded three contracts to Goltens Worldwide’s Green Technologies business unit for the engineering and turnkey installation of sixteen Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) on 10 Naval vessels.
Evoqua Water Technologies has confirmed the launch of a compact version of its SeaCURE ballast water management system (BWMS) at shipping and marine trade show Posidonia on June 6, 2016. The compact SeaCURE BWMS, which will be on display at Posidonia