Marine Safety Center News

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.

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.

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…

26 Jun 2019

SAFETY: Transitioning to LED Navigation Lights

The Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) governs the intensity of navigation lights, requiring a minimum intensity in candelas according to a prescribed intensity formula. Changes are coming.IMO Resolution MSC.253 (83) for larger vessels sets performance standards for navigation lights, navigation light controller and associated equipment, requiring a masthead light, sidelights and a stern light installed on board a ship not less than 50 meters in length should be duplicated or be fitted with duplicate lamps…

26 Jun 2019

USCG MSC issues BWMS Type Approval to Cathelco

The Marine Safety Center issued the 20th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Cathelco Ltd, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment principle of the Evolution BWMS consists of filtration with UV treatment during uptake and discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 55 m3/h and 1,500 m3/h.A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage. Redacted copies of all completed type approval certificates are also available.

26 Apr 2019

USCG Recieves 25th BWMS Application

The Marine Safety Center received its 25th application for type approval for the HK-(E)C Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Miura Co., 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.

04 Feb 2019

Envirocleanse Recieves BWMS USCG Approval

The Marine Safety Center issued the 16th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Envirocleanse, LLC, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment principle of the inTank BWTS consists of in-tank electrolysis and/or in-tank chemical injection, with in-tank neutralization prior to discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment volumes up to 200,000 m3.(Source: Bryant's Maritime Blog)

14 Nov 2018

Coast Guard Approves Another BWTS Entry

Marine Safety Center issues 13th Ballast Water Management System Type Approval certificate.The Marine Safety Center issued the 13th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to JFE Engineering Corporation after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment principle of the BallastAce BWMS consists of filtration with chemical injection during uptake and neutralization during discharge.

02 Nov 2018

Marine Safety Center Receives 21st BWMS Type Approval Application

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its twenty-first application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the Cathelco Evolution Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Cathelco 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.

31 Oct 2018

Coast Guard Receives 20th BWMS Type Approval Application

Wartsila's BWMS

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 20th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems 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.

29 Oct 2018

Another Ballast Treatment System Receives USCG Nod

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd.The Marine Safety Center issued the 11th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment principle of the HiBallast BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization during discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 75 m3/h and 10,000…

15 Oct 2018

USCG Posts Recap of Ballast Water Management & Technology Conference

Coast Guard staff present on various topics related to the ballast water program during September’s BWMTechNA in Florida. IMAGE CREDIT: USCG

Extensions, type approvals and next steps were all prominent on the agenda.September’s Ballast Water Management and Technology North America conference saw USCG staff from the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards and the Marine Safety Center giving conference attendees an update on various aspects of the Coast Guard’s ballast water program. Following is a recap of those presentations for our readers who were unable to attend:Ms. Regina Bergner and Mr. Matthew Reudelhuber with the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards, and Lt.

10 Oct 2018

NKBMS Applies for US BWMS Type Approval

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The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) received its 18th application for ballast water management system type approval for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Plus ballast water management system manufactured by South Korea's NKBMS Co. 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.

28 Sep 2018

Coast Guard, Industry Partner on LNG Inspector Training

file Image: TOTE's new LNG-fueled vessel receives (LNG) bunkers. CREDIT: TOTE

The Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) Natonal Center of Expertise, industry experts provide technical training for future LNG fueled vessel inspectors.The Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) partnered with Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville to coordinate a four-day “LNG as Fuel Workshop” Sept. 17-20, 2018, for future inspectors of LNG fueled vessels, with support from industry experts and the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center.Together, this team of LNG as fuel specialists provided Coast Guard marine inspectors from across the U.S.

04 Sep 2018

Optimarin Scores Big Win with USCG OPC Program

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Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) has selected Optimarin to supply the ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) for nine Offshore Patrol Cutters (OPC) to be built for the U.S. Coast Guard at the builder's Panama City, Fla. shipyard.The agreement with ESG will see the Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS) fitted in the new OPCs, designed to support the nation's maritime security and undertake vital border protection duties. Equipped to carry helicopters, Over-the-Horizon (OTH) boats and featuring sophisticated combat systems…

25 Jul 2018

Envirocleanse Submits Application to US Coast Guard for Type Approval

The Envirocleanse inTank BWTS is the only applicant to date which treats ballast water during the voyage. CREDIT: Envirocleanse

Envirocleanse LLC, division of Charter Brokerage LLC, a BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY company, has announced the submission of an application to the US Coast Guard for Type Approval of its patented inTank Ballast Water Treatment System. The Envirocleanse inTank BWTS is the only applicant to date which treats ballast water during the voyage. There is no disruption to cargo operations and all in-port, ballasting and deballasting activities are completed as normal – including gravity discharge of isolated top-side tanks.

06 Jun 2018

Techcross Awarded USCG BWMS Type Approval

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the seventh U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Techcross, Inc., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment principle of the Techcross Electro-Cleen BWMS consists of electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 150 m3/h and 12,000 m3/h.A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage. Redacted copies of all completed type approval certificates are also available.

05 Apr 2018

U.S. Coast Guard Receives Two More BWMS Applications

Coast Guard Marine Safety Center (MSC) has received its 11th and 12th applications for Ballast Water Management System type approval. The 11th application was received March 29, 2018, for the BallastAce system, manufactured by JFE Engineering Corporation. The 12th application was received March 30, 2018, for the GloEn-Patrol system, manufactured by Panasia Co., Ltd. MSC will review the applications for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that each application meets the requirements, MSC will issue each company a type approval certificate. BWMS type approval applications and approval certificates are posted on MSC’s website.

10 Nov 2017

Wreck Removal Continues for Pacific Paradise

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Work on the Pacific Paradise continues and the unified command has contracted Resolve Marine Group with support from several other experts to conduct the removal of the pollution threat. "The combined experience of the team we have working this challenge is impressive and the effort they've put in to develop this wreck removal plan is significant," said Captain of the Port Capt. Michael Long, commander, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. "This response is a dynamic and constantly evolving process with many factors to consider and it will take some time to complete.

12 Jun 2017

Sunrui Earns USCG BWMS Type Approval

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the fourth U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering Co., Ltd. after a detailed review of the manufactures type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.   The Sunrui BalClor system incorporates a three step process consisting of filtering and electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers 14 models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 170m3/h and 8500m3/h.

09 May 2017

New Commanding Officer at USCG Sector North Carolina

Coast Guard Capt. Jerry Barnes assumed command of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington, N.C., Tuesday. Barnes reported to Sector North Carolina after serving as the 5th Coast Guard District's chief of prevention. Barnes, a specialist in marine safety, security, environmental protection and marine transportation system management, previously served at the Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C., Sector Hampton Roads, in Portsmouth, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, Fla., various staff positions at the 5th Coast Guard District, and aboard a 210-foot medium endurance cutter home ported in St. Petersburg, Fla. Barnes, a native of Raleigh, N.C., is a licensed professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. He graduated from the U.S.

08 Mar 2017

Interview: Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, USCG

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas (Photo: USCG)

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas develops and maintains policy, standards and program alignment for waterways management, navigation safety, boating, commercial vessels, ports and facilities, merchant mariner credentialing, vessel documentation, marine casualty investigation, inspection and port state control activities. He serves as the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy overseeing three Coast Guard directorates: Inspections and Compliance, Marine Transportation Systems, and Commercial Regulations and Standards.

05 Dec 2016

USCG Approves first Ballast Water Management System

USCG Approved 500 Unit Photo Optimarin

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 Coast Guard’s type approval requirements contained in 46 C.F.R. § 162.060. While this certification provides vessel owners and operators with a type-approved system to meet the ballast water discharge standard, there are other ways that vessels can comply with U.S. ballast water management regulations.

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