Ballast Water Management Systems News

04 Feb 2019

ABS Focuses on BWMS

Image: ABS

ABS and industry collaboration identify key challenges with ballast water management systems (BWMS) and provide insight into installation and operational best practices.ABS recently issued questionnaires and hosted Ballast Water Management (BWM) Workshops, receiving feedback from across the globe from shipowners and operators with BWM systems installed onboard their vessels.“As ships come into compliance with ballast water management requirements, it is important to consider some of the common system challenges and best practices for operating these systems…

01 Feb 2019

ICE Bags Scrubber Retrofit Contract

The picture shows the vessel for which ICE in 2013 performed its first scrubber retrofit project, at the time a pioneering project. Photo courtesy: shipspotting.com and provided by ICE.

Europe's largest independent ship design company International Contract Engineering (ICE) announced that it has won new contracts for scrubber retrofit design services for a series of container vessels for a leading European shipowner.ICE’s scope of work includes basic design, detail design and development of production information.The hybrid exhaust gas cleaning systems will be supplied by a prominent European supplier, said the provider of designs for commercial ships, naval & coastguard ships…

25 Jan 2019

VIDA & BWMS Reform

De Nora is the latest to receive Type-Approval from the United States Coastguard for its BALPURE ballast water treatment system (BWTS).Photo: De Nora

On December 4, President Trump signed into law the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018 (S. 140). Title IX of the legislation is the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). VIDA will largely cut through a morass of conflicting and confusing requirements that have developed over a number of years relating to discharges into US waters. This purpose of this new legislation is to: (1) provide for the establishment of uniform and environmentally sound standards and requirements for the management of discharges incidental to the normal operation of a vessel…

23 Jan 2019

Ballast Water Management: By the Numbers

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With compliance deadlines on the horizon for many shipowners, the study revealed a critical need for owners to start their technology-selection process, and to resist buying BWM systems based on initial price alone.ABS has just completed its second comprehensive survey of the shipping industry’s progress towards global compliance with ballast-water regulations, finding just over a third of installed management systems (BWMS) to be fully operational.The survey’s findings, which were supported by a series of workshops in New Orleans…

07 Dec 2018

The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) - Immediate Implications of the New Law

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This week, on December 4, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA): Title IX of the Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Reauthorization Act of 2018.VIDA establishes a new framework for the regulation of vessel incidental discharges, adding a new Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 312(p): Uniform National Standards for Discharges Incidental to Normal Operation of Vessels. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) are…

29 Oct 2018

Höegh Orders 10 BWMS from Optimarin

Photo: Höegh Autoliners

Optimarin received an order for 10 retrofitted Ballast Water Management Systems from Höegh Autoliners.The contract follows previous individual orders over the past two years, with the USCG approved, UV-based technology now set to be on-board 15 ships within the firm’s advanced RoRo fleet.The order follows less than a month after the Norwegian-headquartered supplier signed one of its biggest contracts to date, for the delivery of 36 systems to Ardmore Shipping. Optimarin has now sold well over 650 systems, with more than 500 installed and operational.

28 Sep 2018

Don’t Wait to Install BWMS -ClassNK

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There are thousands of vessels worldwide that still need to be fitted with ballast water management systems (BWMS), and regulatory deadlines are only drawing nearer.Owners and operators who have yet to bring their ships into compliance are better to do so earlier rather than later. This is the advice of classification society ClassNK, who analyzed the retrofitting status of its registered ships and confirmed that installation deadlines based on the Ballast Water Management Convention…

24 Sep 2018

CompactClean BWMS Receives IMO Type Approval

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S has announced that the CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has received International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval according to the revised IMO BWMS code.This approval means that the CompactClean BWMS becomes one of only two systems worldwide approved for installation on vessels also after October 28, 2020.On September 21, 2018 DESMI Ocean Guard’s CompactClean Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) received IMO Type Approval according to the IMO Code for Approval of Ballast Water Management Systems (resolution MEPC.300(72)), also often referred to as the revised G8. The approval was…

04 Sep 2018

SMM Launches with High-Profile Guest Speakers

Photo: SMM

At today’s opening press conference of the international maritime trade fair in Hamburg, political and business leaders discussed current challenges facing the shipping industry. The focus of the debate was on the 0.5 percent sulphur limit for ship fuels which will take effect on January 1,  2020, and the industry's goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions from global shipping in half by the year 2050. Roughly 2,300 exhibitors and the extensive conference program accompanying the trade fair will deliver answers to the industry's complex questions. Roughly 50,000 visitors are expected to attend.

23 Aug 2018

Shipbuilding in Spain: Astican & Astander

Astican & Astander

Pair of privately owned Spanish yards ready to assist Owners with IMO regulationsNew rules are always a driver for ship refit, and this truly is a transcendent time in maritime history, as rules regarding Ballast Water Management Systems and new emissions regulations are conspiring to create a lot of work for shipyards.As IMO has set a global limit for Sulfur in fuel oil used on board ships of 0.50% m/m (mass by mass) from 1 January 2020, Astander and Astican, the two busiest privately owned ship repair & conversion shipyards in Spain…

23 Aug 2018

Ship Repair: N-KOM Repair Volume Up 25%

LNG Vessels at NKOM Shipyard. Photo: NKOM

BWMS, Scrubber Install Outlook is GoodOperating since 2011, Qatar’s Nakilat-Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (N-KOM) offers a range of repair, conversion, maintenance and fabrication services to marine, offshore and onshore industry. The shipyard has delivered in excess of 800 marine and offshore projects to date, of which 20% is made up of LNG carrier repairs. In comparison to the first half of 2017, the year 2018 has a marked increase in volume about 25% in terms of repairs and other works.

12 Apr 2018

Ballast Water Regs: Difficult and More Difficult

As the U.S. Coast Guard tightens its BWTS compliance rules and more systems are approved, there are still many unanswered questions for operators finally looking to comply.It’s no secret among marine stakeholders that ballast water regulations remain a top concern at the start of 2018, and a confusing one, to say the least. Hence, if someone offers to sell you a clear, concise and complete ballast water instruction manual, move that email over to your spam filter right away. However…

09 Apr 2018

Global Shipping to Adopt GHG Strategy

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

The adoption of an initial strategy on the reduction of GHG emissions from ships is one of the key items on the agenda of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72), which is now under way at International Maritime Organization (IMO) Headquarters in London (9-13 April). The initial strategy will be a framework for all Member States, which is expected to set out the future vision for international shipping, the levels of ambition to reduce GHG emissions and guiding principles.

29 Mar 2018

Wartsila Submits Aquarius BWMS for US Type Approval

The Wärtsilä Aquarius Electro-Chlorination BWMS is now expected to receive USCG Type Approval. Photo Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius Electro-Chlorination (EC) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) for U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval (TA) after successfully completing all the testing procedures required. Wärtsilä received type approval from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2013 for the Electro-Chlorination system and the same successful design was used for the USCG application. This current testing has again proven the consistent performance of the Wärtsilä solution, and demonstrates the high reliability, robustness and effectiveness of the system.

13 Mar 2018

BWMS with Automatic Filter Receives USCG Certificate

Photo: BOLL & KIRCH

Technology enterprise Boll & Kirch said one of its product innovations, the Bollfilter Automatic Type 6.18.3, recently helped SunRui Marine Environment Engineering, based in Qingdao, China, qualify for the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) certificate. Since the beginning of 2016, ballast water management systems (BWMS) of ships discharging ballast water at American ports have had to comply with special USCG regulations. SunRui's BalClor BWMS system, which relies on Boll & Kirch's innovative ballast water filtration technology, has now been certified by the authority.

01 Feb 2018

Serious Questions Surround BWMS Testing

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Serious questions have been raised regarding the testing of ballast water management systems (BWMSs). In order for a BWMS manufacturer to sell its equipment for use on commercial vessels operating in U.S. waters, the equipment must be tested in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements and the equipment must then obtain a type approval certificate from the Coast Guard. To date, type approval certificates have been issued to six manufacturers and others are in the pipeline.

01 Feb 2018

Wärtsilä See Increase of BWMS Retrofit Service

Aquarius (Photo:  Wärtsilä)

With entry into force of the ballast water treatment regulation now less than two years away, Wärtsilä BWMS and scrubber retrofit engineering services are seeing considerable increase in interest in their experience and risk reduction offerings. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Convention for Ballast Water Management entered into force on September 8, 2017. To meet the IMO requirements, nearly all merchant vessels above 400 gross register tonnes (GRT) will have…

18 Jan 2018

MISHA to Install DESMI BWMS Fleet-wide

(Photo: MISHA Shipping)

Danish firm DESMI Ocean Guard A/S said it has finalized a contract to supply CompactClean ballast water management systems (BWMS) to the entire fleet of Turkish ship owner MISHA Shipping. The contract includes delivery of 10 CompactClean BWMS in sizes from 340 to 750 m3/h, with the first system to be delivered later in 2018 for the m/v Mohican currently under construction. MISHA Shipping is a privately held company with both shipping and shipyard activities. Its vessels are shallow-draft dry cargo vessels primarily designed for operations in Russian inland waters…

06 Dec 2017

MERC to Cease BWMS Type Approval Testing

File Image: MERC's mobile, barge mounted BWMS Testing Platform (MERC)

Maritime Environmental Resource Center will no longer conduct Type Approval Certification testing of ballast water management systems. The Maritime Environment Resource Center (MERC) was established in 2008 by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) to facilitate the development and adoption of Green Ship and Green Port innovations with a primary goal of expanding on over twenty years of research addressing the issues of ballast water invasive species.

28 Nov 2017

Wärtsilä to Equip US LNG Fueling Barge

Photo: Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä said it will provide a broad scope of products and solutions for a new articulated tug barge (ATB) that will be used to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel to cruise ships along the east coast of Florida, U.S. The 4,000 m3 capacity ATB is being built at the VT Halter Marine (VTHM) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. on behalf of Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport LLC (Q-LNG). When delivered, the vessel will be on a long-term charter with Shell Oil Co. The barge will be fitted with a Wärtsilä LNG cargo storage, handling and control system.

25 Oct 2017

Foreship: A Guiding Design Light amid a Quagmire of Regulations

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As the maritime regulatory regime evolves quickly, ship owners increasingly require guidance to help them navigate an ever-changing technical quagmire. Finland-based Foreship is a force in this regard. Finnish maritime prowess is legendary, particularly when it comes to the cruise ships and polar vessel sectors. Foreship aims to continue this legacy, an employee-owned company with a specialty in ship design and engineering. In an industry that is mobile and global, Foreship’s…

28 Sep 2017

SUNRUI Appoints US Agent for BalClor BWMS

(Image courtesy of All Marine Spares)

All Marine Spares said it has been appointed as the official agent in the U.S. for the promotion and sale of the BalClor Ballast Water Management Systems from SUNRUI, a wholly owned subsidiary company of China Shipbuilding Industry Company Limited (CSIC). The SUNRUI BalClor BWMS achieved USCG Type approval certificate in June 2017. SUNRUI BalClor BWMS has achieved type Approvals from CCS, DNV-GL, NK, BV, LR, ABS and RINA. To date 619 units have already been ordered while 265 of the units have already been delivered.

26 Sep 2017

BIMCO Launches Practical Guide to Support BWM Convention

Image: BIMCO

BIMCO has launched a practical guide for shipmasters managing new ballast water management systems. It coincides with the entry into force of the IMO's Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. BIMCO’s new Shipmaster’s Ballast Water Manual provides clear, accessible information for seafarers dealing with practicalities of daily ballast water management. The manual covers all aspects of the Convention, including regulatory implementation, inspections by port state control and charterers and the latest guidance issued by the IMO. The BWM Convention came into force on 8 September 2017.

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