In regard to the difficulties found in conducting a safe and efficient ballast water exchange in the waters between China and South Korea, the two countries have agreed on exemption of ballast water exchange requirements for international ships sailing between these two regions.
Marc Garneau, the Canadian Minister of Transport, published the new Ballast Water Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 8, 2019. Created after extensive dialogue with industry, scientists, engineers and international partners, the proposed regulations aim to strengthen current rules and reduce the risks to Canada’s environment and economy related to aquatic invasive species.
After attending the VIDA webinar the EPA and the USCG co-arranged, Mouawad Consulting has summarised the latest information. Some of the highlights of the discussion regard the fact that the new regulation is not expected to be enforced before December 2022, and that standards are likely to be technology-based and not risk-based.
By scanning the environmental DNA in ballast water, one can easily know if a vessel complies with rules to prevent the spread of invasive species and disease. This environmental DNA provides a snapshot of the entire community of organisms both big and small that exist in water.
The USCG Marine Safety Center issued its 19th BWMS Type Approval Certificate to Swedish manufacturer Alfa Laval Tumba AB. The Certificate was awarded after a USCG detailed review of the manufacturer’s application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.
The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System said that it has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco. The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements which include the revised G8 standard and the recently introduced Ballast Water Management Code.
According to marine insurance provider Gard, Ukraine announced some changes at the ballast water regulations in its ports. The control of segregated ballast in Ukrainian ports has been cancelled and ecological inspectors are no longer permitted to inspect vessels for the purposes of ‘ecological control’, including taking and analyzing samples of ballast water.
The Belgian Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport, which is responsible for shipping, has selected Chelsea Technologies to provide benchmark portable testing for compliance with ballast water standards. This move comes after Belgium decided to start testing vessels calling at its ports and terminals to make sure they can demonstrate compliance with the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention.
In its recently-published annual PSC report for 2018, the US Coast Guard said it identified a total of 119 BWM deficiencies, while it imposed operational control restrictions on 17 vessels due to the severity of BWM deficiencies/noncompliance.
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.
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