California SLC Recommends Delay BWT Standards

MarineLink.com
Thursday, July 04, 2013

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, significant limitations in the existing data hamper the ability of Commission staff to determine if shipboard ballast water treatment systems are available to meet California’s performance standards. Existing data for the 10 – 50 micron organism size class are not yet sensitive enough to confirm if California’s performance standards are being reached, however it is clear that many systems are failing to meet this standard.

No data are available to determine if California’s viral standards can be met. Data for the remaining organism size classes (organisms greater than 50 microns in size, human health indicator species, and total bacteria) range in reliability in demonstrating the ability, under limited testing scenarios, to meet California’s standards. Therefore, the Commission 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.

In light of the lack of currently available options for discharging vessels to comply with California’s performance standards for the discharge of ballast water, the Commission recommends that the California Legislature amend Public Resources Code section 71205.3 to delay implementation of the standards until such time that technologies can be deemed available to meet the standards.

This delay is an adaptive approach to the implementation of California’s performance standards which will provide time for data to be collected on shipboard treatment system installation and performance and for the shore-based feasibility study to be completed while continuing to move the state towards

 

Maritime Reporter February 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Legal

CMA CGM Opens Two Offices

CMA CGM Opens a new branch in Constantine, (Algeria) and an agency in Sihanoukville, (Combodia) Following are the addresses in the respective countries: CMA CGM Algérie,

MMEA Recover Hijacked Tanker

A hijacked Malaysian coastal tanker has been recovered by the prompt actions of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) off the coast of Malaysia. The

Scorpio Takes Delivery of STI Veneto

Scorpio Tankers Inc. has taken delivery of STI Veneto, an LR2 product tanker from Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. This vessel will begin a voyage for 60 days at approximately $32,

Ballast Water Treatment

Ecochlor BWTS Chosen for 8 New Bulkers

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)

The 2nd Ballast Water Management Summit

Sign-up for this year’s most in-depth exchange of information and best venue for BWT stakeholders to network and meet regulatory peers is underway.   Infocast’s

The Ballast Water Management Conundrum

U.S. System Approvals are Key; Detailed Pre-Planning Urged Ten years on, there’s little certain about ballast water management regulations that the industry can

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Naval Architecture Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0855 sec (12 req/sec)