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USCG grants 9th BWMS Type Approval Certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the ninth Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to BIO-UV Group, for its BIO-SEA B BWMS. So far, BIO-UV Group, Samsung Heavy Industries, Techcross, Optimarin, Alfa Laval, TeamTec Ocean Saver, Sunrui, Ecochlor and Erma First have won the USCG type approval.

USCG grants 8th BWMS Type Approval Certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the eighth Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Samsung Heavy Industries, for its Purimar BWMS. So far, Techcross (Republic of Korea), Optimarin (Norway), Alfa Laval (Sweden), TeamTec Ocean Saver (Norway), Sunrui (China), Ecochlor (USA) and Erma First (Greece) have won the USCG type approval.

USCG receives 15th application for BWMS type approval

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 15th application for type approval for the HiBallast Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. So far, Techcross (Republic of Korea), Optimarin (Norway), Alfa Laval (Sweden), TeamTec Ocean Saver (Norway), Sunrui (China), Ecochlor (USA) and Erma First (Greece) have won the USCG type approval.

USCG grants 7th BWMS Type Approval Certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the seventh Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Techcross, for its Electro-Cleen BWMS. So far, Techcross (Republic of Korea), Optimarin (Norway), Alfa Laval (Sweden), TeamTec Ocean Saver (Norway), Sunrui (China), Ecochlor (USA) and Erma First (Greece) have won the USCG type approval.

Laker ballast water study finds five non-indigenous species discharged

A project by the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s LSRI, released a study on nonindigenous species of plankton in ballast discharges from US and Canadian lakers to western Lake Superior. The study documented five species of non-indigenous zooplankton not yet established in western Lake Superior in laker ballast water discharged there.

USCG receives 14th application for BWMS type approval

USCG announced that the Marine Safety Center received its 14th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the OceanGuard BWMS manufactured by Headway Technology. On 9 April, the USCG received its 13th application for the Aquarius EC system, manufactured by Wärtsilä Water Systems.

APL to use all methods of compliance with 2020 sulphur cap

Gearing up for the 2020 global sulphur cap, Singapore-based APL said it will be using low-sulphur fuel oil across its vessel fleet, employ scrubbers on some of its ships, while it will also deploy LNG-fueled vessels, under its parent group CMA CGM’s earlier announced plans to take delivery of nine new 22,000 TEU LNG-powered ships.

BWMC implementation issues: A Ship Operator’s perspective

Mr. Antonios Georgantzis, Technical Manager, CMM, during his presentation at GREEN4SEA Conference, mentioned that the road to BWMC compliance requires careful planning: During the selection process, makers of BWTS shall be evaluated not only on the basis of pure technical criteria and system performance but also on their ability to provide on a global scale the needed resources and support.

First SAFETY4SEA Conference in Cyprus sheds focus on key challenges towards 2020

The inaugural SAFETY4SEA Conference in Cyprus successfully concluded on Tuesday 17th of April, at Columbia Plaza in Limassol, attracting 220 delegates from a total of 115 organizations. The pro bono event brought together global experts who focused on the recent and future challenges toward safe, smart and green shipping excellence and sustainable shipping.

BWT market becoming more mature

During his presentation at the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Juha Kiukas, Sales Director, Trojan Marinex, noted that ballast water testing is expensive and time consuming and consolidation in BWTS market will accelerate. He referred to recent USCG policy letter regarding inoperable systems and clarified that lack of consumables does not meet the ”stops of operating properly” clause and also ships with inoperable BWT system due to BWT system makers bankruptcy and non-availability of spare parts or chemicals will not receive special consideration.

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