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Ukraine: Ecological inspections temporarily halted

Ukraine has temporarily stopped State Ecological Inspection attending vessels in Ukrainian ports for two months, according to Ukrainian P&I correspondents Dias Marine Consulting. The inspections have been halted up to around 21st September 2019. 

USCG Draft Policy Letter falls short of expectations

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. 

USCG receives 29th application for BWMS type approval

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 29th application for type approval for the BAWAT Ballast Water Management System Mk2 manufactured by BAWAT A/S. MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.

USCG seeks comments for viability testing in BWMS type approval

The US Coast Guard announced that it is seeking public comment on a draft policy letter for accepting test methods that measure viability of organisms when conducting Ballast Water Management System type approval testing. The public comment period for the policy letter is open, and comments must be submitted by September 30, 2019. 

USCG receives 27th application for BWTS type approval

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 27th application for type approval for the EcoGuardian BWTS manufactured by the Korean manufacturer HANLA IMS Co., Ltd. MSC will review the application for compliance with USCG regulations in 46 CFR 162.060.

Conducting testing of BWMS for Singapore-registered ships

MPA Singapore published a circular informing the industry on the application of BWM.2/Circ.70 on ‘Guidance for the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems’ for Singapore-registered ships. The target of the commissioning test is to verify that the mechanical, physical, chemical and biological processes of the installed BWMS are working efficiently.

How to properly operate a BWMS

September 8, 2024 marks the deadline for complying with IMO ballast water regulations. While this date may sound distant, SKF notes that shipowners must prepare a system and strategy. For this reason, the company presents best practices for installing and operating a BWMS.

Making hard choices for materials that last the distance

DESMI gained a solid reputation over the years for selecting exactly the right materials for its products to withstand the damaging effects of harsh environments. Aiming for a small-footprint system that uses a novel approach to ballast water treatment is a combination that has enabled DESMI CompactClean with its ability to kill organisms within just two hours, surpassing the USCG TA tests’ mandatory 24-hour holding time.

USCG receives 26th application for BWMS type approval

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 26th application for type approval for the Blue Ocean Shield BWMS manufactured by COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. MSC will review the application for compliance with USCG regulations in 46 CFR 162.060.

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