The Japan P&I Club has been informed of problems regarding ballast water inspections by the ecological inspectors in Ukraine, drawing attention to the current local legislation which does not have an approved Procedure and Order of calculation of damages caused by pollution from maritime vessels.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its ninth application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the BALPURE Ballast Water Management System manufactured by De Nora Water Technologies.
The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, in order to provide guidance to the maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel, to ensure a more complete understanding and compliance with ballast water management requirements.
On 1 March 2018, the amendments to update Form B of the Supplement to the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate, in relation to segregated ballast tanks, entered into force. On 1 March 2018, the Ship fuel oil consumption data reporting requirements and the Garbage requirements under MARPOL Annex V also became effective.
The US Coast Guard approved Cal Maritime’s Golden Bear Facility to work with DNV-GL as a sub-contracted laboratory for land based and shipboard testing of BWMS. The GBF, a facility onboard the Training Ship ‘Golden Bear’, is a practical environment for testing BWMSs to IMO and USCG standards.
The US Coast Guard issued a policy letter to provide guidance and evaluate potential courses of action for interested parties when a vessel destined for a US port has an inoperable ballast water management system (BWMS). As the US is not a party to BWM Convention, vessels in US waters should comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D, as applicable.
Californian legislation now applies maximum fines of USD27,500 per tank where no ballast exchange has been made and between USD5,000 and USD20,000 per tank where there was an exchange within the zones of 200nm and 50nm from land, depending upon how close to land it occurred. Falsification of records is also punishable by up to one year in jail.
Ballast water testing industry group Global TestNet issued a statement addressing stakeholders’ concerns regarding the closure of two test facility members of the Global TestNet, Maritime Environment Resource Center and DHI Singapore.
Qatar became the newest country to have entered to the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention, increasing the number of countries that have signed to sixty-eight. The countries that have signed represent more than 75% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage.
Experts from ballast water testing facilities worldwide gathered at IMarEST headquarters in London, on 1-2 February, to discuss the science behind BWM. The meeting was part of the Global TestNet, a forum of organizations involved in standardization and openness of testing for the certification of BWMS.
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