Hyundai Mipo Dockyard will deliver the world’s first ballast free LNG bunkering vessel later in 2018. The 7,600m³ vessel was ordered by Germany-based Bernhard Schulte Ship management in 2016 and is being constructed to LR class at HMD’s Ulsan shipyard.
Ship operators require a far better understanding of ballast water treatment technologies, as inadequate due diligence now could result in expensive operational problems and potential long-term reputational damage in the future, according to Coldharbour Marine Chief Executive, Andrew Marshall.
DHI’s land-based testing of BWMS will continue only in Denmark. The land-based testing requirements in the regulations pose an increasing challenge to successful type approval testing in tropical environments, which is further affected by the challenging local biological conditions in Singapore waters.
BWMS provider Envirocleanse LLC, division of Charter Brokerage, announced the completion of all land-based and shipboard testing for its patented inTank BWMS. With completion, the company will submit application to the US Coast Guard for Type Approval in the first quarter of 2018.
Recently, the US Coast Guard completed a blog series regarding ballast water. In these series, USCG focuses extensively on compliance and enforcement of the US ballast water regulations. The blog-series consisted of five articles, each dealing with a different issue.
Inspectors from Saudi Aramco’s Environmental Protection Department gave guidance on how to verify that ships entering the Kingdom’s ports are discharging ballast waters, according with the D1 and D2 ballast water discharge standards.
USCG panelists at the 4th BWMTech North America Conference noted that compliance with ballast water regulations is as important as compliance with other pollution prevention requirements. When asked about any influence of IMO’s BWM Convention in the USCG’s perspective on BWMS, they said that the treaty does not affect US regulations.
The Republic of the Marshall Islands issued advisory to outline the Ballast Water Exchange requirements for ships on a voyage between two North Sea ports, as set out in International Maritime Organization Circular BWM.2/Circ.56.
The Maritime Environmental Resource Center announced that after years of efforts to ensure scientifically-sound and transparent ballast water management systems certification testing, it will stop conducting Type Approval Certification testing of BWMS.
USCG expects all ballast water discharged to U.S. waters to be managed and reported in compliance with federal regulations. For ballast water, similarly with other environmental laws, contingency planning should be included in the vessel-specific ballast water management plan.
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