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How to properly operate a BWMS

September 8, 2024 marks the deadline for complying with IMO ballast water regulations. While this date may sound distant, SKF notes that shipowners must prepare a system and strategy. For this reason, the company presents best practices for installing and operating a BWMS.

USCG awards 20th BWMS Type Approval Certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Center announced it has issued its 20th Ballast Water Management System Type Approval certificate to Swedish manufacturer Cathelco Ltd. The Certificate was awarded after a USCG detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

Canada proposes new regulations on ballast water against invasive aquatic species

Marc Garneau, the Canadian Minister of Transport, published the new Ballast Water Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on June 8, 2019. Created after extensive dialogue with industry, scientists, engineers and international partners, the proposed regulations aim to strengthen current rules and reduce the risks to Canada’s environment and economy related to aquatic invasive species.

Updates on implications of Vessel Incidental Discharge Act

After attending the VIDA webinar the EPA and the USCG co-arranged, Mouawad Consulting has summarised the latest information. Some of the highlights of the discussion regard the fact that the new regulation is not expected to be enforced before December 2022, and that standards are likely to be technology-based and not risk-based.

Evac Evolution BWMS receives IMO approval

The Evac Evolution Ballast Water Management System said that it has been granted IMO Type Approval. The system has been designed and manufactured by Cathelco. The system has been tested to the latest IMO requirements which include the revised G8 standard and the recently introduced Ballast Water Management Code.

USCG awards 17th BWMS Type Approval Certificate

The US Coast Guard Marine Safety Centre announced that it issued the 17th Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System type approval certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S for its CompactClean BWMS. 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.

ICES presents procedures for ballast water sampling

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea has developed standard operating procedures for the sample collection of treated ballast water sampling for use by scientific researchers. A link to sampling SOPs will be inserted in the data gathering and analysis plan for the experience-building phase associated with the Convention.

ABS launches 2019 best practices for operations of BWMS report

ABS hosted its 2nd Ballast Water Management Workshop in Houston, where over 20 representatives from 13 shipping companies participated, sharing their experiences of the BWMS newbuilding and retrofit process, after completing a comprehensive questionnaire. The report aims to capture key discussion topics, lessons learned, and insight shared by the workshop attendees on the installation and operation of BWM systems.

Shipping 2020: Key challenges

While speaking at the last SAFETY4SEA Conference in Cyprus, Mr. Ioannis Efstratiou, Senior Marine Surveyor, Cyprus Shipping Deputy Ministry, shared his predictions on the maritime landscape in the near future, focusing on the environmental challenges relating to 2020 sulphur cap, GHG emissions, ship dismantling and BWM regulations.

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.

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