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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 its 34th BWMS type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 34th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Kuraray Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

USCG extends BWTS compliance dates due to COVID-19

Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin to inform all shipowners and operators about the adjustments to the extension policy for vessels impacted by the pandemic.

AMS ballast water management system extensions: shipowners and vendors must act now

The five-year AMS window is closing for many vessels and owners whose systems are awaiting USCG Type Approval should not miss an opportunity to seek an extension, writes William Burroughs, ABS. The end of US Coast Guard’s Alternate Management System program for ballast water discharges means owners whose systems are not USCG Type Approved should seek an extension or risk losing the ability to trade in US waters.

Ballast water sampling in Ukraine: Update

Ballast water sampling in Ukraine has experienced many changes and updates through the years, with the last update informing that the ‘State Ecological Inspection for Protection of the Black Sea’ is closing down.

ABS issues updated ballast water management advisory

As the 2020 sulphur cap came into force, ABS issued a Ballast Water Management Advisory focusing on recent updated regulatory requirements, developments in technology, and important information for compliance.

Untreated ballast water: 5 invasive species causing marine disruption

The untreated ballast water has a negative impact on the marine species and marine environment, often resulting to the increase of the non-native organisms, disrupting the food chain, interfering with infrastructure by incapacitating power plants, disrupting water supply, and spreading deadly diseases.

USCG awards 22nd BWMS Type Approval certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 22nd USCG Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

Information on BWM for Singapore-flagged vessels

Singapore flagged vessels should bare in mind recent MPA Singapore circulars, regarding the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems (BWMS) and the incorporation of contingency measures into ballast water management plans (BWMP).

BWM Convention now applies for existing vessels

The IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention entered into force in 2017, but at that time it applied only to new ships. Now, as the North P&I Club informs, a new milestone is upon us, as from 8 September 2019, the Convention applies to existing vessels. 

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