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Laker ballast water study finds five non-indigenous species discharged

A project by the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s LSRI, released a study on nonindigenous species of plankton in ballast discharges from US and Canadian lakers to western Lake Superior. The study documented five species of non-indigenous zooplankton not yet established in western Lake Superior in laker ballast water discharged there.

USCG receives 14th application for BWMS type approval

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.

BWM recent developments

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.

Route to IMO revised G8 and USCG type approval

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.

USCG issues updated Ballast Water Management FAQs

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.

BWMC implementation issues: A Ship Operator’s perspective

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.

Ballast water equipment association formed

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.

Ballast-free LNG carrier to be designed

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.

Ballast water discussions during MEPC72

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 .

USCG: BWM compliance in the US in 2017

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.

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