BWMS

Ukraine establishes new procedures for taking ecological samples of water

As the Britannia P&I Club informs, the Government of Ukraine has now published the full text of the Regulation on Inspection, Taking Samples of Water and Conducting its Analysis and which came into force on 5 September 2019. The regulations establish the procedures to be followed when taking ballast water samples.

USCG awards 21st BWMS Type Approval certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 21st USCG Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to COSCO Shipbuilding Industry Co., Ltd. and its subsidiary, COSCO (Weihai) Shipbuilding Marine Technology Co., Ltd.

Ukraine stops Ecological Inspection service

According to the Standard Club, its correspondent Dias Marine Consulting reports that the Ukraine Cabinet of Ministers has abolished the Ecological Inspection Service. It is to be replaced with the State Environmental Service. The new service is expected to begin operating in early September.

Ukraine: Ecological inspections temporarily halted

Ukraine has temporarily stopped State Ecological Inspection attending vessels in Ukrainian ports for two months, according to Ukrainian P&I correspondents Dias Marine Consulting. The inspections have been halted up to around 21st September 2019. 

USCG Draft Policy Letter falls short of expectations

A new draft policy letter issued by USCG last week, concerning viability testing in BWMS under VIDA, is breaching the VIDA text asking for “best available science” by not accepting the Most Probable Number (MPN) method, argued Jad Mouawad, CEO, Mouawad Consulting. 

USCG receives 29th application for BWMS type approval

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 29th application for type approval for the BAWAT Ballast Water Management System Mk2 manufactured by BAWAT A/S. MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.

USCG seeks comments for viability testing in BWMS type approval

The US Coast Guard announced that it is seeking public comment on a draft policy letter for accepting test methods that measure viability of organisms when conducting Ballast Water Management System type approval testing. The public comment period for the policy letter is open, and comments must be submitted by September 30, 2019. 

Conducting testing of BWMS for Singapore-registered ships

MPA Singapore published a circular informing the industry on the application of BWM.2/Circ.70 on ‘Guidance for the commissioning testing of ballast water management systems’ for Singapore-registered ships. The target of the commissioning test is to verify that the mechanical, physical, chemical and biological processes of the installed BWMS are working efficiently.

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