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Techcross ECS obtains IMO BWMS CODE approval

On 7 September, the Korean government approved IMO BWMS CODE (New G8) for South Korean BWMS manufacturer Techcross ECS. Following the USCG type approval obtained in 2018 and the new BWMS CODE, now Techcross BWMS can be used without restriction in all ports.

ABS issues ballast water management guide for yachts

ABS issued a guide concerning yachts that are now required to comply with the IMO International Convention for the Control and management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) which requires an approved ballast water management system.

USCG issues new ballast water management reporting form

USCG released revisions to its Ballast Water Management (BWM) Reporting Form, which replaces all previous versions and the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse (NBIC) will no longer accept older versions of the form.

USCG issues its 33rd BWMS type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 33rd U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Semb-Eco Pte, Ltd. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

China extends IMO BWM Convention to Hong Kong

Following China’s extension of the treaty to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, ships flagged to Hong Kong will now be required to apply the requirements of the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWM).  

USCG issues its 32nd BWMS type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 32nd U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Techcross, Inc. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

Ballast Water Management at the time of retrofits

During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Andreas Kokkotos, Partner, ARGO NAVIS Engineers Ltd., explained that confusion with owners’ supplied items can result misunderstandings, delays or even to missing equipment. In light of the situation, Mr. Kokkotos highlighted the reasons why the crew must be familiar with convention requirements before the ship leaves the shipyard.

BWTS retrofit experience so far

During the 2020 GREEN4SEA Athens Forum, Mr. Vaggelis Papalaios, Regional Division Manager, Capital Sales, Marine Division, Alfa Laval shared lessons learned from 15 years of BWM experiences. Providing statistics from ballast water in numbers for the world’s fleet, Mr. Papalaios highlighted the need of balance between price and value when retrofitting a BWTS, while focused on high power consumption as a measure of biological performance.

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