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Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force to Meet

The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force/National Invasive Species Council (NISC) Prevention Committee, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service, will meet in Washington, DC on May 4. Items on the agenda include review and approval of the Roles and Responsibilities draft document; identification of the Prevention Committee member’s responsibilities to the five working groups; and discussion of actions required to get working groups functioning. 69 Fed. Reg. 21569 (HK Law).


Great Ships Initiative to Combat Aquatic Nuisance Species

Ports of Indiana officials will join industry and government leaders in Duluth on Wednesday to announce the launch of the Great Ships Initiative, a $3.5m research center that is the first in the Great Lakes region designed to specifically focus on developing the technology necessary to prevent the introduction of aquatic nuisance species into the Great Lakes by ocean-going ships. Leaders of over a dozen major U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes ports will be joined by scientists and federal agency


Bill introduced re ballast water management

Senator Inouye (D-HI) introduced the Ballast Water Management Act of 2004 (S. 2490) to amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to establish vessel ballast water management requirements, and for other purposes. This lengthy bill raises various issues, including its inconsistency with the recently developed international convention on ballast water management. Source; HK Law


Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal Safety Zone

The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, from 6:00 a.m. on November 3 through 6:00 p.m. on November 5, it will enforce the safety zone from Mile Marker 296.1 to Mile Marker 296.7 on the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal. This action is necessary to reduce risks associated with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) installation of parasitic structures intended to help control the spread of aquatic nuisance species. 75 Fed. Reg. 64673 (October 20, 2010).


Michigan to Regulate Ballast Water Discharges

The State of Michigan enacted two laws intended to regulate discharges in the state of ballast water from ocean-going ships. Act No. 32 broadly prohibits injurious discharges and specifically prohibits unauthorized discharges of ballast water from oceangoing ships. Act No. 33 provides that, effective January 1, 2007, an ocean-going ship may not engage in port operations in the state unless it has a permit and that, to obtain a permit


Hyde OptiMarin System Controls Aquatic Nuisances

Hyde OptiMarin LLC, a joint venture of Hyde Marine Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio and OptiMarin A/S of Stavanger Norway, is delivering four new full-scale OptiMar Ballast Water Treatment Systems during 2001, systems designed to control the spread of Aquatic Nuisance Species in ship's ballast water. Hyde OptiMarin delivered the first ever full-scale ballast water treatment system using ultraviolet light with cyclonic separation pretreatment for installation aboard the cruise ship "Regal Princess"


NAMEPA Present Award to U.S. Coast Guard

September 21, 2009 Clay Maitland, Founding Chairman of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), announced that the United States Coast Guard is the recipient of NAMEPA’s 2009 Marine Environment Protection Award.  The award will be presented at NAMEPA’s Awards Dinner to be held in New York in conjunction with the 2009 World Maritime Day Parallel Event on October 16th. Commandant Allen will be present to accept the award.


RINA Group Delivers Ballast Water Management Guidance

Photo: RINA

International classification society RINA has completely revised and updated its guidance on the Ballast Water Convention and the procurement, installation, operation and certification of Ballast Water Treatment Systems. The guidance is now available to shipowners, shipyards and equipment manufacturers as a Technical Bulletin.   Dino Cervetto, Director of Technical Services, RINA Services, says, “The IMO Ballast Water Convention is almost certainly going to come into force in 2016


Ballast Water Inspections Improve, GL/Seaway

A new U.S. government report released March 13 showed a notable increase in the number of ballast tank inspections of oceangoing commercial ships entering the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System from outside U.S. or Canadian waters.  Ship operators also improved their compliance with ballast water requirements in 2008 compared with 2007, the report says. The 2008 Summary of Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group released by the U.S. Coast Guard examined the U.S


Ballast Water Management Systems: Let the Games Begin

Costly Critter: Pictured is the Bythotrephes longimanus, more commonly known as the Spiny Water Flea, a species native to N. Europe and accidentally introduced through ballast water into Lake Huron in 1984. Emerging Ballast Water Treatment System rules will potentially cost shipowners millions per ship.  (Photo Source: Michigan Sea Grant; Spiny Flea Information Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

With the accession by Finland to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (better known as the Ballast Water Management or BWM Convention), there are now sufficient ratifications for the Convention to enter into force.  Entry into force will occur on 8 September 2017.  It has been an agonizingly slow process for a convention that was adopted with such high hopes.  


Lines in the Water

Photo: Carlos Rivera / U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

There are a variety of jurisdictional lines in the water. The first line to be considered is the national boundary between two adjacent or nearby countries. Adjacent countries tend to draw agreed boundaries extending their shoreside boundaries, with accommodations for headlands, capes, etc


Vega Reederei faces Penalty for Ballast Water Discharge

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The Coast Guard, after an investigation of ballast water discharge violations, initiated civil penalty proceedings against the operator, Vega Reederei GmbH & Co. KG, of the bulk carrier Vega Mars, Feb. 2, 2017. Investigators found that around Jan


Video: Retired Ship Sunk to Form Artificial Reef

Photo: Matrix New World Engineering

Sinking a 6,000-ton, 371-foot former cargo vessel to help create an artificial reef in the Gulf of Mexico is a herculean feat, one only accomplished with strict adherence to rigorous federal and state environmental regulations.   When the cargo ship Kraken was recently sunk 67 miles off the


Hull Biofouling Environmentally More Damaging than Ballasting

Unlike biocidal coatings, the in-water cleaning of hard inert coatings is permitted in most of the world’s ports and harbours Photo Subsea Industries

The entry into force of the Ballast Water Convention this September will not prevent the transfer of invasive aquatic species (IAS) unless there is mandatory legislation in place to prevent biofouling on ships’ hulls. Commenting on a presentation delivered at the World Ocean


Invasive Species & Ship Hull Biofouling

Unlike biocidal coatings, the in-water cleaning of hard inert coatings is permitted in most of the world’s ports and harbors (Photo Subsea Industries)

The entry into force of the Ballast Water Convention this September will not prevent the transfer of invasive aquatic species (IAS) unless there is mandatory legislation in place to prevent biofouling on ships’ hulls. Commenting on a presentation delivered at the World Ocean


New Zealand Ratifies Ballast Water Management Convention

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 New Zealand is the latest country to accede to IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships' ballast water.    The Convention enters into force on 8 September 2017 and


New US Ballast Water Research Lab Opened

Carderock answers the call to protect marine life with newly-commissioned Ballast Water Research Laboratory   Traveling across the globe from port to port, the U.S. Navy fleet transports sailors and Marines, aircraft, and supplies.  


Sustainable Development Goals for the Oceans

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The role of the marine industry in supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals was addressed at the 2016 World Ocean Council Sustainable Ocean Summit in Rotterdam, Netherlands (30 November-2 December).     International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Theofanis


Philippine Coast Guard Nails Shark Fin Smugglers

Photo: Philippine Coast Guard

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said it has apprehended a motor vessel carrying prohibited shark fin meat.   The passenger/cargo vessel Trisha Kerstin 2, owned and operated by Aleson Shipping Lines INC, and skippered by Capt. Joel P. Mendoza


Ballast Water Convention to Enter into Force in 2017

Päivi Luostarinen handed over the country’s instrument of acceptance to the Ballast Water Management Convention to Kitack Lim on Thursday, September 8, 2016.

Finland has acceded to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), triggering the 2017 entry into force of an international environmental protection measure that aims to stop the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species


Not All EALs are Created Equal

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What is an EAL? Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EALs) are defined by the EPA as offering these three characteristics. First, they must be “biodegradable” - biodegrading into carbon dioxide and water by ≥ 60% or more within 28 days (according to OECD 301B or ASTM D7373


Trojan Marinex Awarded for Fighting Invasive Species

Photo: Trojan Marinex

Trojan Marinex has been named the winner of the 2016 Outstanding Private Sector Achievement award from the Reduce Risks from Invasive Species Coalition (RRISC). The award goes to a private sector company that has introduced a product or service that has the potential to make a significant


[Op-Ed] Ballast Water Facts, Not Hype

Photo: American Great Lakes Ports Association

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)


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


Galley Grease Harms Equipment – and the Environment

John Paparone

Cleaning up the wastewater stream on marine vessels isn’t just about removing hydrocarbons out of oily separators and bilges. Workboat galleys harbor a tremendous amount of FOGs (fats, oils and grease) that, if not properly disposed of, can be a health risk






 
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