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.
Mr Anders Lindmark, Head of PureBallast, BU Marine Separation and Heat Transfer Equipment, Alfa Laval emphasizes on the importance of planning well before installation of a BWTS considering vessel’s needs. Mr. Lindmark advises operators to plan before and focus on sufficient skilled engineering expertise.
The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), entered into force globally on 8 September 2017. In this infographic, IMO presents ways to comply with the BWM Convention.
ClassNK found that installation deadlines based on the Ballast Water Management Convention for many ships are highly concentrated in the year 2022. ClassNK added that difficulties are expected in the installation of BWMS if everyone around the world waits until 2022, so it recommends installing early.
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