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USCG receives 18th application for BWMS type approval

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 18th application for type approval for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Plus Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by NKBMS Co. Ltd. So far, 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.

BWTS retrofit starts with selecting the technology that best suits

Mr Anders Lindmark, Head of PureBallast, BU Marine Separation and Heat Transfer Equipment, Alfa Laval emphasizes on the importance of planning well before installation of a BWTS considering vessel’s needs. Mr. Lindmark advises operators to plan before and focus on sufficient skilled engineering expertise.

Infographic: Complying with BWM Convention

The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), entered into force globally on 8 September 2017. In this infographic, IMO presents ways to comply with the BWM Convention.

ClassNK: Ships should install BWMS before 2022

ClassNK found that installation deadlines based on the Ballast Water Management Convention for many ships are highly concentrated in the year 2022. ClassNK added that difficulties are expected in the installation of BWMS if everyone around the world waits until 2022, so it recommends installing early.

Ardmore to replace yard BWTS due to many ‘operational problems’

Irish Ardmore Shipping has encountered a series of operational problems on the BWTS that were installed on ten of its vessels in newbuild shipyards. Now the company has ordered the Norwegian BWT manufacturer Optimarin to replace these with 36 new systems across 18 chemical and product tankers.

USCG eliminates BWM reporting requirement for certain vessels

USCG issued a Final Rule eliminating the requirement for certain vessels that operate on voyages exclusively within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. This rule will reduce administrative burden.

The ‘ballast free’ concept for tankers explained

Ballast water is a traditional way to improve the stability, propulsion and manoeuvrability of a vessel. Nevertheless, it comes with some downsides which may be ecological as well as economical. So, what can be done to improve this? The answer may lies at removing ballast water systems altogether, adopting ballast free ships.

USCG receives 17th application for BWMS type approval

The USCG Marine Safety Center received its 17th application for type approval for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by NKBMS. So far, Wärtsilä Water Systems, BIO-UV Group, Samsung Heavy Industries, Techcross, Optimarin, Alfa Laval, TeamTec Ocean Saver, Sunrui, Ecochlor and Erma First have USCG type approval.

California ballast rules: Definition of ‘ports and places’

Recently, there has been an increase in cases where vessels calling at California ports are issued deficiencies by inspectors from the State Lands Commission (SLC) for a failure to submit Ballast Water Management Reports (BWMR) for each port of call, according to an alert by ECM Maritime Services.


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