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Ballast Water Rules Create Conundrum for Shipowners

Speaking today before a conference on ballast water treatment regulation, World Shipping Council President Chris Koch outlined the conundrum facing the maritime industry caused by the lack of any globally accepted ballast water treatment technology.   While there is general, global acceptance of the IMO’s ballast water treatment discharge standard, there is today no globally accepted ballast water treatment technology that meets that standard – meaning that vessel operators could face an enormous capital investment in treatment technology that may be insufficient to meet regulatory obligations.    “If the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention enters into force before U.S. type approved technology is commercially available and before the IMO’s equipment type approval guidelines are amended to address their recognized problems, vessel owners would face a legal obligation under the Convention to install IMO type approved technology that may not reliably meet the Convention’s discharge standard and that may not be acceptable in the U.S. trades.”    Koch stated, “These shortcomings should be causing thoughtful governments that have not yet ratified the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention to pause before ratifying, because -- what nation wants to be the one that causes the Convention to come into force before these fundamental issues have been resolved? What nation wants to trigger a requirement on the


California SLC Recommends Delay BWT Standards

The California State Lands Commission's (SLC) report '2013 Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability, and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Systems for Use in California Waters' concludes that no shipboard ballast water treatment systems are currently available to meet all of California’s performance standards for the discharge of ballast water. Commission staff reviewed 75 shipboard ballast water treatment systems for this analysis, however


RWO Reports a Healthy Interest in CleanBallast System

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After RWO’s CleanBallast system was considered as the first choice by Canadian shipowner Seaspan, the Bremen-based marine water treatment expert is proud to announce further contracts for its ballast water treatment system for Belgian and Canadian shipowners.   Canada’s Canfornav will install the RWO system on four 36,000dwt bulk carriers at Yangfan shipyard, and another four CleanBallast units are destined for 38


MOL Installs Ballast Water Treatment System on VLCC

In front of the VLCC Libra Trader, which recently had a new ballast water treatment system installed, representatives of the vessel’s management company, MOL Tankship Management (Asia) Pte Ltd., and the shipyard pose for a commemorative shot.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. announced completion of work to install a ballast water treatment system on the very large crude oil carrier (VLCC) Libra Trader at Keppel Shipyard in Singapore. On January 10, the company announced plans to install the system on a VLCC ahead of IMO installation compulsion. MOL is the first Japanese shipping company to install such a system for existing VLCC. Keppel Shipyard has timely delivered the vessel as committed and Libra Trader has already returned to service


Europe to Dominate Ballast Water Treatment Market

Ballast water treatment market, Europe to dominate market revenues from 2017 to 2019, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan The global ballast water treatment systems market is estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 21 percent from 2012 until 2019. The retrofit market is expected to account for a substantial share of the global market during its peak installation period in 2018. Bulk carriers as well as oil and chemical tankers will be key end users


Ecochlor BWTS Chosen for 8 New Bulkers

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Times Navigation, Inc. has selected Ecochlor, Inc. to provide ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for installation on a fleet of eight new CROWN63 (63,500 DWT) ultra-max bulk carriers that will be constructed at SINOPACIFIC Shipbuilding Group.   Ecochlor’s President, Tom Perlich, said, “We are very pleased to be working with Times Navigation and their advisors, United Naval Architects Ltd. (UNA). Times Navigation is clearly committed to protecting the coastal environment


CA – Ballast Water Mngmt Testing

The California State Lands Commission (SLC) released its Ballast Water Treatment Technology Testing Guidelines, available at: http://www.slc.ca.gov/Spec_Pub/MFD/Ballast_Water/Documents/TestingGuidelinesFinal_101008.pdf The guidelines are intended to provide treatment technology vendors with a standardized protocol to verify treatment system compliance with California’s ballast water performance standards and water quality objectives.


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


First Order for Wärtsilä Slop Water Treatment

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The new Wärtsilä slop water treatment system has been ordered for an ultra-deep water drill ship operating in the Gulf of Mexico, marking the first for Wärtsilä’s new system. The contract was signed in the end of 2013. The Wärtsilä slop water treatment system is designed to treat and clean water contaminated with slop or drilling mud. For operators, large volumes of slop mud result in enormous disposal expenses and represent a potentially significant


Goltens, Bactest Sign Distribution Agreement

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Goltens Green Technologies will now assist shipowners in demonstrating that ballast water treatment systems installed on board ships comply with the regulatory standards Goltens Green Technologies, independent ballast water treatment service provider, today announced that it has signed an exclusive global distribution agreement with U.K.-based Bactest Ltd. for the award-winning portable fast contamination testing product, Speedy Breedy.


W&O Realigns Leadership Team

From left to right: Fred Loomis and Todd Nestel (Photo: W&O)

W&O, a global supplier to the marine and upstream oil and gas markets for pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation and engineered solutions, has promoted two long-time employees to Vice President as part of the company’s continued focus on providing engineered solutions


New Containership Enters CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Volga (Photo courtesy of the CMA CGM Group)

The CMA CGM Volga, eighth of the 28 vessels named after famous rivers series, enters the CMA CGM fleet   Newbuild containership CMA CGM Volga entered the CMA CGM fleet on March 17, and began her first rotation in Dalian, China, on March 20, the CMA CGM Group announced.  


World Ocean Council Welcomes Damen

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Damen Shipyards Group  has become the latest member of the World Ocean Council (WOC). Damen is the first European shipbuilder to join the WOC, the international business leadership alliance on ocean sustainability, science and stewardship.


Ecochlor Presents BWTS Case Study at CMA

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Ballast water treatment technology developer Ecochlor Inc. presented a project case study yesterday at CMA Shipping 2015 in Stamford, Conn. The case study covered the retrofit of Ecochlor’s ballast water treatment system (BWTS) aboard the 2007-built ro/ro car carrier vessel M/V Green Bay


RayClean BWTS Earns USCG AMS Acceptance

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DESMI Ocean Guard’s RayClean Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) has earned Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance from the United States Coast Guard (USCG).   On January 30, 2015, the USCG granted AMS acceptance to RayClean BWTS


Chemical-free BallastMaster Certified by DNV GL

Photo courtesy: GEA Westfalia Separator Group

The GEA Westfalia Separator Group received Class Approval from the DNV GL (Det Norske Veritas Germanischer Lloyd) in December 2014 for its ballast water management system BallastMaster ultraV 250. With this system, the chemical-free system solution for ballast water treatment fulfils all current


Servowatch Technology Puts Cathelco BWTS Ahead

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Servowatch Systems’ cooperation with UK-based Cathelco has resulted in what is claimed to be the most technically advanced new generation ballast water treatment system (BWTS) on the market. UK-based Servowatch has been working closely with Cathelco to develop a fully integrated alarm


PE to Keep Ships Afloat

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 International accountancy firm Moore Stephens says the shipping sector should approach private equity (PE) providers for funding to support the ‘significant investment’ in technology and services needed to achieve compliance with environmental regulations and to maintain


Two New Ships Enter the CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Loire (Photo: CMA CGM)

Containerships CMA CGM Loire and CMA CGM Ural were delivered to the CMA CGM Group on February 5 and entered the fleet on February 13 and 14, respectively, marking the arrival of the fifth and sixth vessels of the 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs series to be delivered through the third quarter of 2016


Shipping Should Explore Private Equity Funding

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International accountant and shipping adviser Moore Stephens says the time is right for shipping to seek financial backing from the private equity sector to help fund investment in innovative products and services designed to keep the industry competitive and achieve regulatory compliance.


Bawat Gains USCG’s AMS Acceptance

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The ballast water management system developed by Danish company Bawat A/S has been granted U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for an interim period of up to five years, enabling commercial vessels equipped with the system to be approved to discharge treated


New Box Ship Enters CMA CGM Fleet

CMA CGM Rhone (Photo: CMA CGM)

The maiden voyage of the containership CMA CGM Rhone started in China on February 20, the CMA CGM Group announced.   The 9,365 TEU vessel CMA CGM Rhone is the seventh in a series of 28 ships from 9,400 TEUs to 10,900 TEUs that will be delivered from now to the third quarter of 2016


Added Value Innovation Drives Control of BWTS

Ian Hamilton (Photo: CMR Group)

Specifying for ballast water treatment systems can be a difficult process. Ian Hamilton, sales manager for marine electrical wiring control and instrumentation specialists CMR Group, offers guidance.   Ballast water, which is used to maintain balance and stability when a ship is empty of


New Water Maker Launched for Maritime Market

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Wastewater treatment systems specialist ACO Marine has launched a new water recovery system that gives vessel owners greater capacity to reuse the treated effluent from wastewater treatment plants.   The ACO Water Maker WM3 converts treated wastewater into pure distilled technical water for


Keel of First Eco Tanker for APT laid

Mrs. Katherine Faulconer, wife of Mayor Kevin Faulconer and First Lady of San Diego, welds her initials onto a steel plate that will be permanently affixed to the APT-1’s keel. Click on the image for hi res version.

  On Saturday, March 7, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the first ECO tanker for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) under construction at the company's shipyard in San Diego. San Diego's First Lady, Mrs. Katherine Faulconer, was the honoree for the ceremony.






 
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