ING and the European Investment Bank signed a EUR 110m loan agreement on February 28, to finance Spliethoff for the retrofitting of 42 vessels of its fleet with scrubbers and ballast water management systems. This will enable Spliethoff to comply with IMO and EU regulations on emissions. 17 vessels will now incorporate both scrubbers and ballast water management systems.
Mr. Mark Riggio, President, BEMA, refers to the objectives of this new association; as a key priority, the Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) aims to harmonize differences between manufacturers and ship owners and provide a unified voice and technical support to facilitate compliance.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 23rd application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the HK-S(E) Ballast Water Management System manufactured by Japanese Miura Co., Ltd. Last week, USCG awarded the 16th type approval certificate to Envirocleanse LLC.
Intertanko has published the ‘Guide to New Zealand’s biofouling and ballast water requirements’. In this it offers guidance to Members on New Zealand’s biofouling and ballast water requirements for commercial vessels. If the ship cannot prove that it complies with the standard, it may be subject to a dive inspection in New Zealand. Non-compliant vessels will be directed to either manage the biosecurity risk or to leave New Zealand.
The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Centre issued the 16th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to Envirocleanse LLC for its inTank ballast water treatment system. USCG granted the Certificate after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.
In order to prevent harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens that get into ships’ ballast water, cause pollution and damage to the ecological environment and human health, China officially acceded the International Convention on the Control and Management of Ballast Water and Sediments on Ships, 2004 in 2018. To assist ship owners and operators understand and comply with this new regulation, Huatai has prepared a circular to introduce the main contents of the requirements.
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).
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