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USCG updates on BWMS type approval program

USCG reported that since 2015, there has been a dramatic increase in the volume of ballast water being treated before being discharged into US waters and provides a list of type approved BWMSs.

USCG: BWMS should not be “plug and play”

In the context of BWMS, a number of shipowners have expressed the expectation that they should be “plug and play” equipment without requiring additional work. The selection, installation, operation, and maintenance of a BWMS requires analyses specific to the vessel and its operating profile, USCG notes.

Golar LNG, Erma First agree on BWTS

Oslo based Golar LNG announced that it has agreed with Erma First, to install a Ballast Water Treatment System on up to 16 LNG vessels.

USCG Type Approvals: An overview

USCG outlines where the industry stands with respect to Type Approval, informing that so far it has approved six BWMSs whereas many are currently under review. Extensions are no longer necessary for most vessels because operators are now able to select and install a Coast Guard type approved BWMS.

USCG perspective on BWM

It is important to keep in mind that ‘invasive species can enact significant long lasting damage to both the environment and economy.’ USCG said. So far in 2017, almost half of ballast water discharged into the US has been from overseas sources; more than 122 million cubic meters of foreign ballast water

IMO: Addressing invasive species

The BWM treaty entered into force in September 2017. This landmark step was recognized at the latest meeting of the Inter-agency Liaison Group on Invasive Alien Species, which held its 8th session in Brussels, Belgium, 22-23 November.

BIO-SEA awaits for USCG Type Approval

BIO-SEA announced that its BIO-SEA B range has successfully passed all its tests dedicated to USCG Type approval certification. BIO-SEA has developed the BIO-SEA Ballast Water Treatment Systems based on its core expertise, the UV technology.

USCG provides preview of new ballast water series

USCG will launch a new ballast water series on November 27 from the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Rear Adm. John Nadeau. During a recent event, USCG discussed the various efforts underway to provide the maritime community more guidance for compliance with the BWMC.

How to harmonise de-coupled IOPP Certificates due to BWM

ClassNK has issued latest technical information referring to periodical survey in advance of survey window, explaining that with entry into force of  the BWM Convention, IOPP and/or BWM Certificate may be de-harmonized from Harmonized System of Survey and Certification.

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