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USCG Denies DESMI’s BWTS Test Appeal

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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


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


ESG Awarded LLTM for USCG Offshore Patrol Cutter Program

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The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) a Long Lead Time Material (LLTM) contract for the first Offshore Patrol Cutter, USCGC Argus (WMSM 915). The LLTM contract awarded on September 7, 2017 allows Eastern to move forward on an aggressive schedule to deliver a


BWTS Manufacturer OceanSaver Bankrupt

 Insufficient liquidity has led Norwegian ballast water treatment system manufacturer OceanSaver to file for bankruptcy. The company’s board of directors filed a petition to dissolve the company on September 13.   Established in 2003


RIBCRAFT Delivers New 41’ Model

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Rigid inflatable boat (RIB) manufacturer RIBCRAFT has introduced the newest and largest model in its  model line, the 41’ RIBCRAFT 12.5, with the recent delivery of a specialized USCG Sub Chapter T Certified tour boat to a customer in New England.   


DESMI Ocean Guard A/S Launches New BWMS

Rasmus Folsø, CEO of DESMI Ocean Guard. (Photo: DESMI Ocean Guard)

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S launched a new Ballast Water Management System – CompactClean. According to the manufacturer, the name reflects that this system sets a new standard for how small the footprint of a BWMS can get. At the same time, the system is designed and optimized to provide reliable


Coast Guard Announces Ports & Waterways Safety Assessment

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The U.S. Coast Guard identified locations and dates for the Hudson River Ports and Waterways Safety Assessment (PAWSA) Workshops.   Dates in November have been identified for two groups of waterway users and stakeholders to participate in two-day structured workshops to ensure the PAWSA


How Do Ships Avoid Hurricanes?

Pic:  UK Chamber of Shipping

 Dozens of ships in the Caribbean have already been diverted to avoid Hurricane Irma, but how exactly does shipping cope with extreme weather - a post by UK Chamber of Shipping.   Hurricane Irma, much like its predecessor Hurricane Harvey, has sent shipping into disarray


TMS Tankers Selects Coldharbour Marine BWTS

U.K.-based Coldharbour Marine, a manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems based on inert gas technology, has reached an agreement with Greece’s TMS Tankers to retrofit its GLD BWT System. TMS Tankers is a member of the Athens based TMS Group operating currently 43 tankers.  


MEPC 71: Ballast Water Management Update

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Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) 71 was a very busy week and ship owners can now benefit from having a firm view of the regulatory timeline for complying with the latest global require-ments for managing the ballast water from their vessels


USCG Approves JAX LNG for Ship-to-ship Bunkering

(Photo: Southern Company Gas)

The joint venture between Pivotal LNG and Northstar Midstream, JAX LNG, LLC, has received a Letter of Acceptance (LOA) from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for the operation of its waterfront LNG facility and the approval to conduct ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operations with TOTE Maritime’s


Optimarin Demonstrates Total System Reliability

Image: Optimarin AS

 Environmentally friendly and compliant BWT technology company  Optimarin gave a demonstration of its long-term system reliability onboard Neptune Subsea’s IMR vessel Larissa in the same week that a report from ABS revealed problems with almost half of installed ballast water


SeaCURE BWTS Completes USCG Type Approval Tests

The Evoqua SeaCURE system has completed all USCG Type Approval tests (Photo: Evoqua)

SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System (BWMS), the electrochlorination based solution from Evoqua Water Technologies, has completed all biological efficacy U.S. Coast Guard Type-Approval tests.   Tests were carried out under the supervision of classification society Lloyd’s Register


Ecochlor BWTS Receives USCG Type Approval

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Ecochlor's patented BWTS has received USCG Type Approval. The Ecochlor BWTS uses a two-step process that includes filtration and treatment with chlorine dioxide (ClO2). It is completely effective on all aquatic invasive species regardless of water turbidity, salinity or temperature. 


ESG Completes First OPC Milestone On Schedule, Within Budget

A depiction of the U.S. Coast Guards Offshore Patrol Cutter design (CREDIT: ESG)

Panama City, FL, Eastern Shipbuilding has successfully completed its Initial Critical Design Review (ICDR) milestone with the United States Coast Guard on 21 July, 2017 for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) Program.   ESG’s accomplishment is noteworthy as it occurred on schedule and


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


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.  






 
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