USCG announced that the Marine Safety Center received its 14th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the OceanGuard BWMS manufactured by Headway Technology. On 9 April, the USCG received its 13th application for the Aquarius EC system, manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems.
Mr. Mark Hadfield, CEO, Flow Water Technologies, addressed the subject of ballast water treatment which is one of those subjects that whenever it is brought up, ship operators tend to avoid, he commented. This is due to the enormous space required for the installation of a BWMS and the many regulations concerning its application.
During his presentation at GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Peter Sahlén, R&D Manager, PureBallast, Alfa Laval, talked about the route to IMO G8 revised guidelines (2016) and USCG type approval. Providing a recap of how the new robust 2016 G8 testing guidelines were adopted, he cited what are the new conditions and informed about the IMO revised G8 Certificate.
The US Marine Safety Center posted the updated Frequently Asked Questions to its Ballast Water Management Type Approval Management webpage. These FAQs, as of April 24, 2018, are updated regularly to help the ballast water community better understand and navigate the type approval process.
Mr. Antonios Georgantzis, Technical Manager, CMM, during his presentation at GREEN4SEA Conference, mentioned that the road to BWMC compliance requires careful planning: During the selection process, makers of BWTS shall be evaluated not only on the basis of pure technical criteria and system performance but also on their ability to provide on a global scale the needed resources and support.
The manufacturers and stakeholders in the ballast water treatment equipment market have created a unified manufacturers’ association. The Ballast water Equipment Manufacturers’ Association aims to address issues regarding ballast water treatment technologies, and provide information on implementing ballast water management regulations worldwide.
GTT, Lloyd’s Register and Dalian Shipbuilding, started the second phase of the “30,000m³ B-FREE LNG carrier” Joint Development Project. The projects has set as a target the creation of a ballast-free medium-sized LNG carrier, which will comply with the new Ballast Water Management Convention.
Mouawad Consulting, which participated as advisors to the Norwegian Delegation to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), provides a recap of the imporant issues agreed for the BWM treaty .
In its PSC Annual Report for 2017, USCG revealed an annual detention rate of 0.99%, the lowest ever in the US, unveiling however an increase in detentions related to fire fighting and MARPOL Annex I deficiencies. The report also informed that deficiencies related to BWM compliance significantly increased in this period.
On April 9, 2018, the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 13th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the Aquarius EC system, manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd. Until today, USCG has received 12 applications for BWMS Type Approval, while 6 manufacturers have received the final Certificate.
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