Experts on aquative invasive species along with environmental engineers and fishing and river-carrier interests will convene on May 14 and 15 in Chicago for a meeting to discuss practical ways to prevent invasive species from moving between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River basins. More than 60 people from the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom will participate in the summit. The summit will begin with presentations on invasive-species transfer, wastewater management, flood control, and navigation and shipping. Participants will devise a work plan for preventing further environmental degradation and impacts on marine-related industries in the two basins. Mayor Daley and Chicago’s Department of Environment, along with William F. Hartwig, regional director of the US Fish and Wildlife Service are expected to be on hand for the summit. The summit will be held at the Hyatt on Printer’s Row, 500 S. Dearborn Street, Chicago.
Representative Ehlers (R-MI) introduced a bill (H.R. 5395) to establish marine and freshwater research, development, and demonstration programs to support efforts to prevent, control, and eradicate invasive species, as well as to educate citizens and stakeholders and restore ecosystems. Source: HK Law
The Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force, sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service, will meet in Herndon, Virginia on October 19 and 20. Topics on the agenda include the 100th Meridian Initiative, Caulerpa eradication, invasive species forecasting, and risk analysis. 70 Fed. Reg. 59079 (HK Law).
Witnesses representing the shipping industry, ports, and an environmental organization met on May 15 to urge the development of mandatory federal ballast water management regulations and alternative management options to more effectively address the problem of aquatic invasive species in the United States. The joint hearing of the U.S. House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee and the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee focused on the implementation of the National
On March 25, the Subcommittees on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation and on Water Resources & Environment of the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure conducted a joint hearing on Ballast Water Management. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the international ballast water standards recently agreed to by the IMO and to review reauthorization of the National Invasive Species Act (NISA). RADM Thomas Gilmour, USCG, Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security
Steven A. Fisher, Executive Director of the American Great Lakes Ports Association takes issue with the findings of a Notre Dame Ballast Water Technology research paper. To the Editor: In recent years, a debate has raged between the maritime industry and environmental activists regarding the appropriate regulation of ships' ballast water. This public policy discussion has unfortunately been tainted by considerable misinformation
Funding for the GloBallast Partnerships project, to assist developing countries in reducing the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms in ships' ballast water, has been approved by the intergovernmental Council of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), enabling the project to enter an exciting new phase. The main objective of GloBallast Partnerships (full title: Building Partnerships to Assist Developing Countries to Reduce the Transfer of Harmful Aquatic Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water)
The U.S. Coast Guard and the EPA are co-sponsoring a meeting of the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Stakeholders in Alexandria, Va., on June 18, 2002. Items on the agenda include an update on the ETV program, IMO activities, USCG ballast water standards, the ETV ballast water protocol, possible ballast water test sites, NOAA ballast water activities, and reauthorization of the National Invasive Species Act. Source: HK Law
The US Coast Guard released the Great Lakes ballast water management report. The report, compiled by the Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG), summarizes efforts to coordinate bi-national enforcement and compliance efforts to reduce the likelihood of introduction of aquatic invasive species via ballast water. The report indicates that, during 2007, 100% of first trip ships bound for the received a ballast water examination and 100% of ballast water reporting forms were
A decade-long project to promote implementation of an international treaty stemming the transfer of potentially invasive species in ships’ ballast water has reached a successful conclusion at a meeting of stakeholders from Governments, industry and UN bodies. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been executing the GloBallast Partnerships Program in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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
Foreship said it has secured a design consultancy contract covering the first post-Ballast Water Convention treatment systems to be specified by Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL). The contract calls for independent naval architecture and marine engineering consultancy services to ensure installations on
Saga Shipholding has completed the installation of Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) throughout its entire fleet of 32 advanced open hatch cargo vessels. In doing so, Saga has become the world’s first shipowner to fit ballast water treatment (BWT) systems that are USCG compliant throughout a
The technology group Wärtsilä has agreed to supply globally operating tanker vessels managed by Minerva Marine with Aquarius ballast water management systems (BWMS). The agreement covers the retrofit of several vessels and represents an important milestone in the BWMS retrofit market.
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
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
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) notes Finland’s significant announcement that it has acceded to the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention. This suggests that this new regime, to protect local ecosystems from the impacts of invasive species
Finland ratified the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC), raising the percentage of world tonnage to 35.1441% and the number of ratifying countries to 52. This means that the hurdle of 30 countries representing 35% of the world’s merchant fleet has now been
Ratification of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management (BWM) convention has been welcomed by stakeholders throughout the maritime industry, including CMR Group, which said it sees the move as a boost for system and equipment manufacturers.
Videotel, a KVH company has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast
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
The U.S. Coast Guard issued the first U.S. type-approval certificate for a ballast water management system Friday. The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the certificate to Optimarin after its application for U.S. type approval was reviewed and determined to meet the requirements of the
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
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
Four new 3,300 TEU containerships being built for the French shipping group CMA CGM will feature Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This is the third series of vessels for which the same owner has selected the Wärtsilä BWMS solution