BWMS

The retrofit bottleneck

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Conference, Mr. Dimitrios Ioannis Kalfas, Engineering Team Leader, Argo Navis, insisted on proper and timely planning for a BWTS or a scrubber retrofit as the best way to deal with the developing industry bottleneck. He also outlined a series of retrofit Pain Points which can set calendars back during planning, such as class approval, owner supplied items, yards and transportation of equipment.

Ballast Water Treatment System: Selection & Retrofitting

During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Cyprus Conference, Mr. Konstantinos Dimopoulos, International Sales Manager, ERMA FIRST, shared his experience on BWTS selection procedure, advising how a vessel operator will select the most favorable system according to the vessel type. Mr. Dimopoulos noted that operations with problems in 2017 were up to approximately 30% while it almost doubled last year.

USCG: Information on BWMS compliance date extensions and next drydocking

USCG is aware of the challenges owners and operators face in opting and installing a BWMS in order to keep up with the USCG regulations. Therefore, after considering the interpretation of the ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with regard to 33 CFR 151 Subparts C and D, the Coast Guard provides extra guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of an extension period.

Complying with California’s Ballast Water Management regulations

California’s ballast water management regulations are included in the Marine Invasive Species Act, which can be found within the California Public Resources Code and title 2 California Code of Regulations. These regulations are implemented by the California State Lands Commission, the West P&I Club says. Fines for breaching these regulations are based on a ‘per tank’ basis and can be significant.

2019 GREEN4SEA Conference to take place in Athens next week

One week left for the largest green shipping conference globally to take place in Athens, Greece. The 2019 GREEN4SEA Conference is scheduled as a full day event on Wednesday, 13th of March 2019 at the Lighthouse of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. After thought provoking discussions on industry’s sustainable future, this event comes to address the burning issue of decarbonisation.

ING, EIB finance Spliethoff’s retrofit of scrubbers and BWMS

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.

USCG receives 23rd application for BWMS type approval

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: Guidance for New Zealand’s biofouling, ballast water requirements

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.

USCG awards 16th BWMS Type Approval Certificate

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.

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