Wärtsilä’s Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System is on demand by global shipping operators. The system will enable the vessels to be in line with the Ballast Water Management Convention regulations that entered into force in September 2017, concerning all new-builds vessels. The company’s BWTS has been presented with 13 systems, the orders for which were all booked in quarter four 2018.
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.
Mr. Mark Riggio, President of the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) talks about the current challenges toward BWMC implementation, highlighting that the deadline for a BWTS installation expires, thus the sooner they start planning, the better. As explained, more than 80% of the world’s fleet by tonnage flies the flag of an Administration signatory to the Convention
An InvaSave 300 Mobile Ballast Water Treatment System was transported from the Netherlands to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to be used for a demonstration programme as part of the ‘Atlantic Blue Port Services’ project, made possible by the INTERREG Atlantic Area Programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Transport Malta’s MSIU issued an investigation report into a serious incident concerning the Maltese-registered capsize bulk carrier ‘Capri’ that arrived at Dampier anchorage, Australia on 22 December 2017, where the ballast system’s valves were damaged, causing approximately 1.100 tonnes of sea water flooding the engine room
The quality of a BWTS project is related to its cost: neither a low nor a high final bill but the successful commissioning and certification of a BWTS, finished at the pre-estimated date and at the pre-estimated cost, make a quality project. As such, Argo Navis shares experience feedback from BWTS retrofits, citing the key steps for operators in order to reduce costs without affecting the quality.
Mr. Leif Erik Caspersen, Director International Sales, ERMA FIRST, provides recommendations on how to select a suitable BWTS retrofitting. A ballast water treatment, he said, is much complicated as it is especially designed for each vessel. Mr. Caspersen advised that operators should select the systems with the most suitable operation options for their vessels.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Centre issued the 15th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to De Nora Balpure for its BALPURE® ballast water treatment system (BWTS). The BALPURE system has been approved for both safe area and hazardous zone installations for internationally trading vessels including US-Flagged vessels.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Centre issued the 14th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to Panasia Co., Ltd., for its GloEn-Patrol BWMS. It also received the 22nd application from Semb-Eco LUV U1 Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Semb-Eco Pte, Ltd.
On December 4, 2018, US President Trump signed the USCG Authorization Act, S. 140, a new bill which includes measures for USCG operations while incorporates the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act. Namely, with this act, USCG is required to draft a policy letter for testing BWMS within 180 days, followed by a 90 day comment period. Totally, the USCG has 360 days after the date of enactment of the Act to come up with a final policy. What is more, this bill has wide implications on US EPA VGP, due in March 2019.
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