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USCG Denies DESMI’s BWTS Test Appeal

Photo: DESMI

The U.S. Coast Guard has denied ballast water treatment systems manufacturer DESMI Ocean Guard’s appeal regarding the USCG’s initial decision to reject the use of the MPN test method in type approval testing of ballast water treatment systems.   Even though DESMI is considering all options, a test program for the RayClean system has already been launched in order to demonstrate compliance with the FDA test method accepted by the USCG.   On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced its final decision to reject the MPN method for the verification of the performance of Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS), meaning the already completed land based type approval testing of DESMI’s RayClean ballast water treatment system is not acceptable to the USCG, and must therefore be re-performed with the USCG accepted FDA method. The ongoing test program is taking place at DHI in Denmark and foreseen finalized in 2016.   DESMI Ocean Guard had in March 2015 submitted a Type Approval application to the USCG, where the MPN method had been used to verify the system performance. However, following an initial rejection of the MPN method by the USCG in December 2015 and appeals filed by several major manufacturers of UV based ballast water treatment systems in February 2016, USCG have now confirmed their rejection of the MPN method.  


USCG Implements Y2K Command Center

Essential Technologies, Rockville, Md., announced the USCG is using its Y2K Command Center software to manage Y2K data submitted to the USCG by marine industry businesses in accordance with USCG Y2K reporting requirements. This initiative is part of a nationwide USCG program designed to collect information about ships and port facilities, and evaluate their Y2K preparations and the potential risk of their operations during Y2K critical periods


USCG Aims to Make Commercial Fishing Safer

Aimed at making one of the nation's most hazardous industries safer, the USCG unveiled a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS) Action Plan. This Action Plan was developed with extensive input from the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee (CFIVAC) and incorporated recommendations generated from the Advisory Committee and from a USCG Task Force, which investigated the tragic loss of five vessels and 11 lives, earlier in the year.


Vessel's Voyage Terminated

USCG law enforcement officers terminated the voyage of a vessel near Petersburg, after the officers found discrepancies with the vessel's survival equipment. A law enforcement team from USCG patrol boat, Anacapa, boarded F/V Yabut, near Petersburg to conduct a safety inspection. The USCG personnel found the vessel's survival suits didn't have the required flotation belts. A review of the vessel's records showed the same discrepancy was noted in February, during a courtesy inspection.


USCG Receives Motor Lifeboat

USCG Station Shinnecock, in Hampton Bays, N.Y., received a new state-of-the-art 47 ft. motor lifeboat (MLB), which will replace the 44-ft. MLB as part of the USCG's Office of Shore Activities MLB Replacement Project. Built by Textron Marine & Land Systems to USCG specifications, the 47 ft. MLB is capable of operating in 20-ft. breaking surf, 30-ft. open seas and 50-knot sustained wind speed. Similar to the 44-ft. MLB, the 47-ft


Two Foreign Vessels Deemed Unsafe by USCG

Two foreign freight vessels remain moored in Dutch Harbor until numerous Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) discrepancies are corrected to meet USCG inspectors' requirements. The vessels are identified as No. 1 Pohah, a 377-ft. Panamanian freight ship and M/V Dhara, a 217-ft. Korean freight ship. According to USCG Marine Science Technician First Class Harry Chichester, a Boarding Officer assigned to the Marine Safety Detachment in Unalaska


Interagency Task Force on USCG Roles and Missions

By an Executive Order, President Clinton formally established an Interagency Task Force to review the roles and missions of the USCG through the year 2020. The impetus for the task force was the USCG's request for substantial federal investment to replace the agency's aging deepwater vessel and aircraft assets with new cutters, aircraft, sensor infrastructure, and an integrated command, control, and communications capability.


Legal Matters

Massachusetts Modifies Application for No-Discharge Zone The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modified the scope of an application for the designation of a "no-discharge zone." In 1998, the EOEA submitted a proposal to the EPA for a "no-discharge" designation encompassing all coastal waters within the jurisdiction of the state. In 1999, the application was withdrawn due to the substantial costs associated with providing the requisite


USCG – Coordination of e-NOA/D with SLSDC

The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a news item stating that it is working with the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) to include their “at least 96 hours prior to westbound entry of the Saint Lawrence Seaway (SLS) at C.I.P. 2” notification into the USCG electronic Notice of Arrival and Departure (e-NOA/D) system. It is anticipated that this coordinated notification system will be implemented prior to the start of the 2008 SLS navigation season.


Keys to Controlling Consequences in the Wake of a Marine Casualty

In the June issue of Marine News, we outlined the advantages of adding MOPS License Insurance protection to your deck and engineering officers' employee benefit package to help not only recruit but retain your key personnel in this very competitive employee environment. We pointed out that MARAD studies starkly declare that there are not enough qualified license mariners to meet the industry's needs and that 88% of respondents to a recent MARAD survey reported that licensed officer retention


El Faro Investigators Call for Better Weather Forecasting

The eye of Hurricane Joaquin is visible in the lower left corner of this image taken from the International Space Station October 2, 2015. (Photo: NASA)

New recommendations coming out of the investigation into the 2015 sinking of U.S. cargo ship El Faro call for efforts to improve the weather information available to mariners.   All 33 crew on board died when the 790-foot El Faro sank close to the eye of Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas


Schneider Joins FarSounder Board

John Schneider (Photo: FarSounder)

Cruise ship marine operations expert John Schneider is joining the board of directors at FarSounder, Inc.  Over the last 12 years, Schneider has worked in the cruise ship segment of the marine industry as fuel and energy optimization manager (Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises)


New Passenger Ferry for Governors Island

(Image: Blount Boats)

 U.S. shipbuilder Blount Boats together with naval architecture firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has been awarded the contract to design and construct a new passenger-only ferry for Governors Island, New York by The Trust For Governors Island.  


LR to Oversee Testing of Coldharbour’s BWTS

Pictured (L-R): Nick Brown, Marine and Offshore Director, Lloyd’s Register and Andrew Marshall, Chief Executive, Coldharbour Marine. (Photo: Coldharbour Marine)

U.K.-based manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems based on unique inert gas technology Coldharbour Marine said it has signed a contract with Lloyd’s Register (LR) to oversee the complete range of tests required by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in its type approval process


Towing Vessel Runs Aground in Louisiana

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles

An uninspected towing vessel taking on water has run aground in Louisiana’s Calcasieu Ship Channel, early Monday morning.   At 3:45 a.m., the three-man crew aboard the 60-foot towing vessel Mr. Landon intentionally ran the vessel aground near Monkey Island to avoid sinking when they


California Pushes Ahead on Ballast Water Compliance

Photo courtesy MEA-nl

California State Lands Commission moving ahead with ballast water compliance protocols   We are quickly approaching September 8, 2017, the date when the International Ballast Water Convention will enter into force requiring ships to manage their ballast water using methods to remove or


Evoqua Revamps SeaCURE BWM System

Photo courtesy of Evoqua

Using the same approved electrochlorination technology, Evoqua Water Technologies has remodeled its SeaCURE ballast water management system to provide optimum high flow rate performance from what is now one of the smallest electrochlorination system on the market.  


Coast Guard to Be Honored in DC

John F. Kelly (Photo: US Dept. of Homeland Security)

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced that its 13th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital will take place on Tuesday, June 6


Foss Enlists ABS for Sub M Compliance Service

(Photo: Foss Maritime)

Seattle based Foss Maritime, owner and operator of a fleet of tugs offering maritime transportation and logistics services, has awarded a contract to classification society ABS to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.  


Optimarin, Goltens Ink Spare Parts and Service Deal

Tore Andersen (Photo: Optimarin)

Optimarin informs it has signed an agreement with Goltens Green Technologies giving the Norwegian-headquartered ballast water treatment (BWT) specialist a global network of spare parts warehousing and service engineers. The framework agreement, negotiated at this month’s Nor-Shipping


Lockport, Louisiana is 'Cutter Country'

USCGC Benjamin Dailey, the 23rd Fast Response Cutter (FRC) that Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the to the U.S. Coast Guard. (Photo: Bollinger Shipyards)

Chris Remont, Bollinger Shipyards, Vice President, Government Programs, explains the importance of long-term relationship between the U.S. Coast Guard and Bollinger Shipyards.   As the offshore oil and gas bust drags into its third year


Garry Joins Bouchard as Regulatory Compliance VP

Shawn Garry (Photo: Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc.)

Shawn Garry has joined Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc. as Vice President of Regulatory Compliance and Inspections, tasked with ensuring that the company achieves regulatory compliance and meets SubChapter M requirements.   Garry will be the primary contact for Gulf Coast region internal


Cooper Group Selects ABS for Sub M Services

© Cooper / T. Smith

ABS said it has been awarded a Third Party Organization (TPO) contract by the Cooper Group of Companies to support compliance with U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Subchapter M requirements.   “ABS anticipated the needs that would surface when the Subchapter M regulations were published and


USCG Vice Commandant Visits Fairbanks Morse

Photo: Fairbanks Morse

On June 21, Fairbanks Morse hosted U.S. Coast Guard Vice Commandant, Admiral Charles Michel at its facility in Beloit, Wisc., where the USCG second in command was briefed on the company and viewed the manufacturing line that will build the engines to power the Coast Guard’s newly awarded


SunRui BWTS Earns USCG Type Approval

Mr. Fu Hongtian General Manager of Sunrui (left) and Vincent Li, DNV GL’s Regional Business Development Manager for Greater China. (Photo: DNV GL)

The Chinese manufacturer SunRui and classification society DNV GL celebrated last week, as Sunrui became the fourth manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) to obtain type approval from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).   Its BalClor system treats ballast water in three steps:






 
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