On 14 November, the US Senate passed the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) as part of the USCG Reauthorization Act with a vote of 94 to 6, paving the way for the harmonization of state and federal regulations for vessel ballast water discharges in the United States. In the meantime, the move is considered as a means of harmonization of the USCG policy approach with that of IMO.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 13th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to JFE Engineering Corporation, for its BallastAce BWMS. BallastAce BWMS consists of filtration with chemical injection during uptake and neutralization during discharge.
On 1 July 2017, new laws came into force in California, requiring vessels entering from international waters to deballast more than 200 nm from the coast. The change was not picked up by a ship’s managers and therefore the ballast water plan was not updated. On 21 July 2017, the vessel was sailing towards California when the crew conducted deballasting operations beyond 50 but within 200 nm.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 12th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., for its OceanGuard BWMS. Qingdao Headway Technology, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Wärtsilä Water Systems, BIO-UV Group, Samsung Heavy Industries Co, Techcross, Optimarin, Alfa Laval, TeamTec Ocean Saver, Sunrui, Ecochlor and Erma First have won the USCG type approval.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 21th application for type approval for the Cathelco Evolution Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Cathelco Ltd. During the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Juha Kiukas, Sales Director, Trojan Marinex, noted that the BWMS market is currently becoming more mature and around 20 Type Approvals may be expected up to 2019.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 20th application for type approval for the Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd. So far eleven companies have received BMWS Type Approval by USCG.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 11th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries, for its HiBallast BWMS. In addition, the USCG Marine Safety Center received its 19th application for type approval for the UV Compact Clean Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by DESMI Ocean Guard A/S.
Mr. Stamatis Fradelos, Director, Business Development, ABS, highlighted key technical safety issues related to the installation of BWTS. His presentation provided an overview of the BWT Technologies and corresponding physical separation and different disinfection solutions currently available in the market.
The US Coast Guard recently published a letter to the Coast Guard-accepted independent laboratories (ILs), providing guidance for evaluating manufacturer-identified operational limitations during type approval testing of ballast water management systems (BWMS).
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 18th application for type approval for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Plus Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by NKBMS Co. Ltd. So far, Wärtsilä Water Systems, BIO-UV Group, Samsung Heavy Industries Co, Techcross, Optimarin, Alfa Laval, TeamTec Ocean Saver, Sunrui, Ecochlor and Erma First have won the USCG type approval.
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