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Measures Announced to Prevent Environmental Damage from Harmful Aquatic Plants and Animals

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


All Ships’ Ballast Water Checked in Great Lakes Seaway

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


Six Japanese Bulkers Fitted with BWMS

Joe Thomas, Ballast Water Treatment Director, Wärtsilä, and Katsushige Nakato, General Manager, Harison Sangyo Co., Ltd. (Photo: Wärtsilä)

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


Ballast Water Management – Angola, Africa, Rules

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


LR Guidance on BWM

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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 AQUARIUS BWMS LPG Carrier Retrofit

AQUARIUS BWMS: Photo credit Wärtsilä

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


Ballast Water Treatment Technology

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


World Tankers Wins Lloyd’s Register BWMP

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


California Issues Report on Ballast Water

The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a document entitled Report on the California Ballast Water Management Program


U.S. Ballast Water Regulations Will Be Superseded

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


Indonesia Woos Jokowi Netherlands for Investment in Maritime

Indonesia President Joko Widodo shakes hands with Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte after their meeting in The Hague. Photo: President’s press bureau

 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.  


Evac Grows with Influx of Cruise Ship Orders

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


Optimarin Reports Surge in BWTS Orders

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 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


Bimco’s Top Priorities For IMO’s Marine Enviroment Protection

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 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


ICS to Pursue Critical Issues at IMO's MEPC Meet

Peter Hinchliffe ICS Secretary General Photo by ICS

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


Development on BWM highlights - IMO's R&D Forum

The 6th Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Program (UNDP)-IMO GloBallast R&D Forum and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management met under the banner “Ballast Water Management Convention Photo IMO

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


China Braces for "Severe" Flooding on Yangtze River

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Severe floods are expected on China's Yangtze River this year due to a strong El Nino weather pattern, state media said, raising the risk of deaths and damage to property and crops along the country's longest waterway. The El Nino conditions are the strongest since records collection began in


USCG-approved Tests of Alfa Laval PureBallast on Track

Alfa Laval PureBallast (Photo: Alfa Laval)

Following the United States Coast Guard (USCG) decision not to accept the most probable number (MPN) method in assessing ballast water treatment systems, tests of Alfa Laval PureBallast are underway using the USCGA-approved 5 chloromethylfluorescein diacetate (CMFDA) staining method


Fiji Accedes to Six IMO Environmental Treaties

Kitack Lim (left) with Jitoko Tikolevu (Photo: IMO)

Fiji has acceded to six IMO treaties, including important conventions covering ballast water management and the control of harmful anti-fouling systems on ships. This brings the number of States party to the Ballast Water Management Convention to 49, with the aggregate remaining at 34


Belgium Ratifies Ballast and Recycling Conventions

Kitack Lim with Guy Trouveroy (Photo: IMO)

Belgium became the latest country to ratify a key international measure for environmental protection, the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention, bringing the treaty within sight of meeting entry into force criteria. Aimed at preventing the spread of harmful and invasive aquatic species in


APM Terminals Pipavav, Tatas Ink KVY Project Deal

Tata Trust Project Launching Photo APM Terminals

APM Terminals Pipavav one of Western India’s gateway ports, in collaboration with Tata Trust CSPC (Coastal Salinity Prevention Cell) has launched Kharash Vistarotthan Yojana (KVY), a project which aims to strengthen community based institutions through promotion of improved farming practices


CMR Takes Module Approach to BWTS, Controls

CMR’s Goldfinch provides a new modular approach for Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) and marine control panels (Image: CMR Group)

New CMR modular approach delivers BWTS control panel savings; 75 percent reduction in time-to-market lead times    A modular approach for Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) and marine control panels has been developed by CMR Group, specialists in controls


ClassNK Updates Guidelines for Installation of BWT Systems

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Classification society ClassNK has just released amendments to its Guidelines on the Installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. The latest Guidelines include alterations to the application date of the ballast water performance standard, additions and modifications of definitions


Optimarin Wins Sinopacific AHTS Contract

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Ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist Optimarin is continuing its strong start to the year, with the news that its Optimarin Ballast System (OBS) has been selected for nine Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group AHTS vessels. The contract win comes on the back of a recent ten unit order from Atlantis


Wärtsilä's' BWMS for New Crane Ship Design

AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Courtesy Wartsila

A new crane ship designed by Netherlands based Royal IHC, a global leader in offshore, dredging and mining vessels, will feature the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS). The first vessel of this design is currently under construction at a shipyard in China






 
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