Ballast Water Management News

15 Oct 2019

USCG VIDA policy proposal

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On 31 July, the US Coast Guard published a notice in the Federal Register stating that it is seeking comments on a draft policy letter that, if adopted, would establish the Coast Guard’s policy for acceptance of type-approval testing protocols for ballast water management systems (BWMSs) that render nonviable organisms in ballast water and may be used in addition to the methods under existing regulations. This policy would include the process for incorporating accepted protocols into the type-approval procedures established under existing regulations…

14 Oct 2019

BWM Convention Modification Enter into Force

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The amendments to an international treaty aimed at preventing the spread of potentially invasive species in ships’ ballast water came into force yesterday (October 13), the International Maritime Organization (IMO) said.Ships regularly take on sea water, in tanks, to ensure their stability. Known as ballast water, this can contain many aquatic species, including in microscopic or larval form. These can become invasive and harmful if the ballast water is released, unmanaged, in…

14 Oct 2019

Addressing Invasive Species in Ships’ Ballast Water

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The BWM Convention amendments formalizing the implementation schedule for the D-2 standard are now in force. Amendments to an international treaty aimed at preventing the spread of potentially invasive species in ships' ballast water entered into force on October 13, 2019.Ships regularly take on sea water, in tanks, to ensure their stability. Known as ballast water, this can contain many aquatic species, including in microscopic or larval form. These can become invasive and harmful if the ballast water is released…

26 Sep 2019

Most BWMS Installs Slated for 2022 -ClassNK

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A majority of ballast water management system (BWMS) installations are slated to take place in 2022 in line with requirement deadlines under the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM Convention), presenting potential supply and bottleneck challenges according to classification society ClassNK. The classification society in September 2018 analyzed the retrofitting status of BWMS on its registered ships and confirmed that installation deadlines based on the BWM Convention for many of them are highly concentrated in the year 2022.Upon reviewing the latest data now one year later in 2019…

13 Sep 2019

Doorae Shipping Selects Wärtsilä BWMS

Jae-Geun Kwon, Representative Director, PanStar TechSolution Co.,Ltd. (left) and Woo Ho Yoo, General Manager, Services, Wärtsilä Korea,  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Wärtsilä will supply its Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for four bunkering ocean tanker vessels operated by South Korea’s Doorae Shipping. This is the first ever BWMS retrofit contract signed by Wärtsilä in Korea. The order was placed in July by PanStar TechSolution, the main contractor for the project. PanStar TechSolution is a leading Korean engineering and technical company specializing in BWMS and exhaust gas cleaning system (EGCS) retrofit projects.The equipment is scheduled for delivery commencing in August 2020.

12 Sep 2019

K Line Takes Delivery Of Corona Citrus

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Japanese shipping giant Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has taken delivery of a 88,000 dwt coal carrier from compatriot shipbuilder Imabari Shipbuilding in Marugame.Named Corona Citrus, the vessel was delivered on September 11 for electric utility Electric Power Development Co. Ltd.The new Corona coal carrier will be principally involved in carrying thermal coal to thermal power plants for the company.Corona Citrus is equipped with WAD (Weather Adapted Duct) in front of the propeller which promotes her propeller efficiency and Hybrid Fin behind the propeller which accelerates energy savings…

03 Sep 2019

SMM 2020 Publishes Maritime Industry Report

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“Driving the maritime transition”: In times of the global climate debate and the digital transformation, SMM 2020 will once again be the focal point for decision-makers in the maritime industry.Topics that are currently high on the industry's agenda are highlighted in the new issue of the SMM Maritime Industry Report: Shipping, shipbuilding and supplier companies are especially interested in alternative propulsion technologies and attractive niche markets.The year 2020 marks a major turning point in international shipping: On January 1…

21 Aug 2019

UN Treaty to Protect Marine Biodiversity

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The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretariat is attending the latest in a series of conferences to develop a legally binding international instrument, under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction - known as 'BBNJ'.According to the UN body, the 3rd Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) is being held at UN Headquarters in New York, United States (19-30 August).

12 Aug 2019

New Name for MMC Green Technology

MMC Green Technology AS will be renamed Norwegian Greentech AS.In connection with the sale of MMC First Process, it was agreed that MMC Green Technology would change its name. The new name is Norwegian Greentech AS, and Havyard Group ASA is the company's majority owner with 77.78% of the shares. The remaining shares are still owned by key employees who have been with the company since its formation.Ballast water treatment system – a requirementShips built after September 8, 2017 are bound by the requirements of the IMO convention concerning treatment of ballast water, while existing ships must have a ballast water treatment system installed by September 8, 2024. Also, all ships are already required to have an approved ballast water management plan in place.

07 Aug 2019

Ecochlor Expands to Korea

DongJu (DJ) Cho will lead Ecochlor's efforts in Korea as the new Regional Business Development Manager.

Ecochlor Ramps Up Business Development with a New Regional Office in Korea.Ecochlor is pleased to announce the opening of a new regional office in Korea to increase support of shipyards and owners in their efforts toward ballast water management compliance.DongJu (DJ) Cho will be leading the efforts in Korea as the new Regional Business Development Manager. Mr. Cho has more than 30 years of experience working in the Korean shipbuilding and shipping industry. Mr. Cho has achieved great success in a career that has seen him take on various job positions…

07 Aug 2019

Chelsea Technologies Appoints Paull as MD

Elizabeth Paull  (Photo: Chelsea Technologies)

Chelsea Technologies, a leader in the design and manufacture of sensors for the maritime sector and a Sonardyne company, has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Paull as its new managing director. Paull, who joins the company from leading subsea technology developer Sonardyne International, has been appointed to further develop Chelsea Technologies as a market leader in environmental sensing technology across a variety of industry sectors, and particularly in maritime where…

01 Aug 2019

Ecochlor Expands into Japan

Asao Shirai (Photo: Ecochlor)

Focused in providing a local solution for shipowners with their ballast water management system (BWMS) regulatory challenges, Ecochlor has  announced Asao Shirai will be leading the new office in Japan as Regional Business Development Manager. Mr. Shirai has a 35-year proven record of facilitating long-term business relationships with the most prestigious shipowners in Japan. Through his experience he has accumulated great respect from shipping executives at NYK Line, Mitsui OSK Lines…

01 Aug 2019

MSC Receives BWMS Type-Approval Application

The Marine Safety Center received its 29th application for type approval for the BAWAT Ballast Water Management System Mk2 manufactured by BAWAT A/S.MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.BWMS type approval applications and approval certificates are posted on MSC’s website. The list will be updated frequently in order to provide industry and the general public the most current information regarding the status of each application.

01 Aug 2019

Comment Period for BWMS Type Approval Policy now Open

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The Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register that it is seeking public comment on a draft policy letter for accepting test methods that measure viability of organisms when conducting Ballast Water Management System type approval testing.The draft policy is available on the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards website, or via the Federal Register Notice.Comments must reach the Coast Guard by Sept. 30, 2019. Submit comments on the draft policy by visiting http://www.regulations.gov…

11 Jul 2019

USCG Receives Another BWTS Application

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The U.S. Coast Guard's Marine Safety Center has received new application for ballast water management system type-approval, according to a post on the Coast Guard Maritime Commons blog. The Marine Safety Center received its 27th application for type approval for the EcoGuardian ballast water treatment system manufactured by South Korean firm HANLA IMS Co., Ltd.MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060 and issue a type approval…

25 Jul 2019

Coast Guard MSC Receives 28th BWTS Application

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 28th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the SeaCURE Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Evoqua Water Technologies Ltd.MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.BWMS type approval applications and approval certificates are posted on MSC’s website. The list will be updated frequently in order to provide industry and the general public the most current information regarding the status of each application.

27 Jul 2019

Corona Zenith Joins K Line’s Coal Fleet

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Japanese ship owner Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has received its second Corona-class coal carrier, Corona Zenith, in a single month.The 88,000 dwt special coal carrier is built at the Marugame Shipyard of Imabari Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Japan, said a press release.Corona Zenith is same type as “K” Line’s specialized fleet for transport of thermal coal known as the “Corona-series.”The Corona-series consists of epoch-making coal carriers equipped with wide beam and shallow draft…

02 Jul 2019

GloFouling Gets Going in Pacific

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The initial phase of the Glofouling Partnerships project is now well and truly underway with a series of technical workshops in the Pacific, stated  International Maritime Organization (IMO).The UN body said that the key message delivered to participants was that once introduced, marine invasive species can be hard to eradicate - and invasive species represent a potential major threat to the Pacific Ocean's biodiversity and the ecological integrity of Small Island Developing States.The…

02 Jul 2019

CompactClean BWMS Gets USCG Type Approval

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DESMI Ocean Guard A/S has announced that the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received amended US Coast Guard type approval certificate with just 2 hours minimum hold time restriction in US waters, demonstrating its superior performance. Furthermore, the amended certificate allows installation in hazardous areas.On July 1st, 2019 DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) received amended US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval certificate with just 2 hours minimum hold time restriction, as well as approval of installation in hazardous areas.

08 Jul 2019

DESMI Ocean Guard wins Stolt Tanker Deal

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Stolt Tankers B.V. and DESMI Ocean Guard A/S has announced that Stolt Tankers has selected the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for installation on Stolt Tankers’ existing fleet.The agreement is to provide more than 60  chemical tankers with the CompactClean BMWS by the end of 2023. Most of the ships will be retrofitted with two CompactClean BWMS, one for each ballast pump. This has the advantage that the ships will maintain full redundancy on their ability to ballast and de-ballast…

18 Jul 2019

Ecochlor Names Weiss as European RBDM

Henrik Weiss, Ecochlor’s new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK

Henrik Weiss believes that “the sale of a ballast water management system (BWMS) is a long-term commitment to the client, especially in the marine industry where support and service is a pre-requisite throughout the product lifecycle.” As Ecochlor’s new Regional Business Development Manager (RBDM) in Europe, Scandinavia and UK, this approach is perfectly in synch with Ecochlor’s unique service and manufacturing strategy.Mr. Weiss is well-known in the European maritime market with more than 30 years of experience…

24 Jul 2019

IMO Council Selects Theme for 2020

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International Maritime Organization (IMO) council has selected "Sustainable shipping for a sustainable planet" as the World Maritime theme for 2020.According to a press note from the UN body, this will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and showcase the work that IMO and its Member States are undertaking to achieve the targets.The IMO Council, meeting for its 122nd session at IMO Headquarters in London, officially endorsed the theme…

23 Jul 2019

Ecochlor to Retrofit Euronav Tankers

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Connecticut-based ballast water treatment solutions provider Ecochlor announced a contract to supply seven Euronav Suezmax and VLCC tankers with a ballast water management system (BWMS).According to Ecochlor, the agreement comes with an option for Euronav to purchase an additional 30 Ecochlor systems for their vessels between 2020 – 2024.The fleet of Euronav, the owner, operator and manager of tankers transporting crude oil worldwide,  consists of ULCCs, VLCCs and Suezmaxes with…

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