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.
Mouawad Consulting, which participated as advisors to the Norwegian Delegation to the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR), provide a recap of the imporant issues agreed for the BWM treaty .
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.
On April 9, 2018, the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 13th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the Aquarius EC system, manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd. Until today, USCG has received 12 applications for BWMS Type Approval, while 6 manufacturers have received the final Certificate.
JFE Engineering Corporation and Panasia Co are the latest two BWMS manufacturers who filed in late March type approval applications to USCG Marine Safety Center. Until today, USCG has received 12 applications for BWMS Type Approval, while 6 manufacturers have received the final Certificate which acknowledges full compliance with the USCG requirements.
Intertanko created a new procedure for port-states’ response whenever a tanker’s BWMS is not operating correctly, and is about to submit this new procedure to IMO. Namely, it concluded to 9 contingency measures. These include, amongst others, fixing the BWMS at the ballast loading port, fixing the system while heading to the port, conducting a ballast water exchange while in ocean, or retain ballast water onboard.
The Wärtsilä Aquarius EC BWMS uses proven filtration and electro-chlorination technology. It complies with regulations, and focuses on safety in the design, analyzing hazard to eliminate installation and operational risks. Wärtsilä received type approval from IMO in 2013 for the Electro-Chlorination system and the same design was used for the USCG application.
The Japan P&I Club has been informed of problems regarding ballast water inspections by the ecological inspectors in Ukraine, drawing attention to the current local legislation which does not have an approved Procedure and Order of calculation of damages caused by pollution from maritime vessels.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its ninth application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the BALPURE Ballast Water Management System manufactured by De Nora Water Technologies.
The US Coast Guard issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, in order to provide guidance to the maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel, to ensure a more complete understanding and compliance with ballast water management requirements.
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