A new draft policy letter issued by USCG last week, concerning viability testing in BWMS under VIDA, is breaching the VIDA text asking for “best available science” by not accepting the Most Probable Number (MPN) method, argued Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting.
The year is 2012, and swarms of applications for Basic and Final Approvals of Ballast Water Management Systems are coming to the IMO. 5 years later the IMO decided that a new BWMS Code (which is a revised G8) is to become mandatory for all BWMS that will be installed onboard ships after 28 October 2020.
During his presentation at the inaugural SAFETY4SEA Conference in London, Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting, referred to BWMC Implementation Challenges with respect to retrofit, supervision, installation, training and commissioning/re-commissioning of a BWMS.
Selection and installation of a proper BWMS is a complex procedure. Jad Mouawad, CEO at Mouawad Consulting, provided a summary of his experience as the company has finalised installation and commissioning surveys of over 100 BWMS. The three key areas of focus, he stressed, are the installation, equipment and operation & maintenance.
Many stakeholders in the Ballast Water Industry, including ship owners, wanted to be informed regarding an announcement that an association for ballast water equipment manufacturers is under establishment. Mouawad Consulting cautions of some pitfalls and shortcomings that it highlights through this article.
BWMC is effective since Sep 2017, but, there are still grey areas which need clarification, such as the important issue of IOPP Certificate recoupling. Mr Jad Mouawad, BWM expert and owner at Mouawad Consulting, provides insight into the ‘debate’ about the role of class societies on IOPP recoulping & decoupling.
Jad Mouawad, CEO at Mouawad Consulting, clarifies important issues with respect to the BWM Convention implementation after MEPC71 and says that from 8 September 2017, industry will officially start protecting the marine environment through exchange. Regarding MEPC 71, Mr. Mouawad commented that IMO focused on the practical implementation of the Convention, more than just high level policy making which is an interesting turn. He considers that the new BWM dates allow considerable time for ship owners to make their decisions but also for vendors to obtain necessary USCG Type Approvals.
Jad Mouawad, Mouawad Consulting AS, says that the shipping industry must become a leader in green technology by voluntarily working on reducing its environmental footprint. However he says, this is a far reaching scenario taking into account that 2017 is expected to be a continuation of the regulatory trend of 2016.
Jad Mouawad, Owner at Mouawad Consulting, comments IMO’s decision on BWM Convention at the MEPC 70 and advises ship operators how to get prepared for the implementation due on September 2017.
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