President Trump signed on December 4 the law S. 140, the “Frank LoBiondo Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018”. This law authorizes appropriations for the USCG and for the Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2019, reauthorizes the Department of Commerce’s hydrographic services program administered by NOAA through Fiscal Year 2023, and establishes uniform standards for the management of vessel discharge.
BIMCO issued its latest digital bulletin focusing on the challenges that have risen around compliance with ballast water regulations. The association reminds that operators should take measures to comply as soon as possible, despite the fact that the focus is on the 2020 sulphur cap.
The UK P&I Club issued updated information regarding the conditions of ship detentions in Ukraine. Citing information provided by local correspondents, Dias Marine Consulting, the Club said that the scheme implemented by the representatives of the Ecological Inspection to detain ships which refused to allow samples of segregated ballast, is abandoned at present.
The US Senate has passed the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill 94-6, that provides several regulatory updates for the US fishing sector. Namely, the bill permanently exempts fishing vessels from EPA water discharge requirements. The bill also increased the size of new vessels that must be maintained to class standards.
On 14 November, the US Senate passed the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) as part of the USCG Reauthorization Act with a vote of 94 to 6, paving the way for the harmonization of state and federal regulations for vessel ballast water discharges in the United States. In the meantime, the move is considered as a means of harmonization of the USCG policy approach with that of IMO.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 13th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to JFE Engineering Corporation, for its BallastAce BWMS. BallastAce BWMS consists of filtration with chemical injection during uptake and neutralization during discharge.
On 1 July 2017, new laws came into force in California, requiring vessels entering from international waters to deballast more than 200 nm from the coast. The change was not picked up by a ship’s managers and therefore the ballast water plan was not updated. On 21 July 2017, the vessel was sailing towards California when the crew conducted deballasting operations beyond 50 but within 200 nm.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 12th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., for its OceanGuard BWMS. Qingdao Headway Technology, Hyundai Heavy Industries, Wärtsilä Water Systems, BIO-UV Group, Samsung Heavy Industries Co, Techcross, Optimarin, Alfa Laval, TeamTec Ocean Saver, Sunrui, Ecochlor and Erma First have won the USCG type approval.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 21th application for type approval for the Cathelco Evolution Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Cathelco Ltd. During the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Juha Kiukas, Sales Director, Trojan Marinex, noted that the BWMS market is currently becoming more mature and around 20 Type Approvals may be expected up to 2019.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 20th application for type approval for the Aquarius UV Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems Ltd. So far eleven companies have received BMWS Type Approval by USCG.
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