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Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants receive approval from Italian shipbuilder

 Mobil SHC Aware H 46 and Mobil SHC Aware H 68, part of ExxonMobil Marine Fuels and Lubricants’ range of Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants (EAL), have received approval from Fincantieri Marine System Division, the marine equipment manufacturer of the Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.An industry standard ASTM test showed that Mobil SHC Aware H 46 and Mobil SHC Aware H 68 qualify as low maintenance oils, providing up to three times the operational life of a normal maintenance oil.Iain White, ExxonMobil’s Global Marketing Manager for Marine Fuels and Lubricants, said: “This latest OEM approval underlines how our Mobil SHC Aware H Series can protect machinery against wear and reduce maintenance while complying with environmental regulations.”Mobil SHC Aware H Series of synthetic hydraulic fluids, part of the Mobil SHC Aware product line, have been formulated to meet the requirements for environmentally acceptable lubricants outlined in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP).Designed for hydraulic systems operating under high loads and high pressures, the Mobil SHC Aware H Series offers the potential to extend equipment life and reduce maintenance downtime when compared with other Hydraulic Environmental Ester Synthetic (HEES) alternatives.The hydraulic oils are suitable for a range of applications including marine controllable pitch ...

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Review on wash water discharge requirements for Scrubbers

 The 2013 VGP took effect on 19 December 2013, and regulates discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels covered under the scope of the VGP (non-recreational vessels greater than 79 feet in length, which are not vessels of the armed forces, operating in a capacity as a means of transportation). Exhaust Gas Scrubber Washwater Discharge is addressed under section 2.2.26 of the Final 2013 VGP In accordance with Regulation 4 of MARPOL Annex VI, EGCS units may be used as an alternative means of compliance with the more stringent fuel oil sulphur limits established under Regulation 14 of MARPOL Annex VI, subject to approval by the Administration. Owners/operators are reminded that regulations pertaining to the VGP are applicable to discharges into US waters extending to the outer reach of the 3 mile territorial sea as defined in section 502(8) of the US Clean Water Act. Under VGP regulations, the pH limit for the washwater effluent shall not be less than 6.0, measured at the overboard discharge only.This is not consistent with the methods for determining the pH limit under the IMO EGCS Guidelines (resolution MEPC.259(68)), where the pH limit for the washwater effluent is to be no less than 6.5 ...

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US EPA Acted 'Arbitrarily and Capriciously' regarding Ballast Water in the VGP

 The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) acted arbitrarily and capriciously in issuing the ballast water provisions included in the 2013 Vessel General Permit (“VGP”), and remanded the issue to the EPA to redraft the ballast water sections of the VGP. The differences between the VGP ballast water provisions, International Maritime Organization (“IMO”) Ballast Water Management Convention, and U.S. Coast Guard’s ballast water regulations have posed a number of compliance challenges thus far, which may be further exacerbated by possible new VGP requirements. While substantive changes to the VGP ballast provisions, if any, are likely years away, ship owners and operators should be aware, closely monitor, and be prepared to comment on a new draft VGP in the future.New DevelopmentOn October 5, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit unanimously ruled that the EPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously in drafting the ballast water discharge provisions of its 2013 VGP.  Most notably, the court stated that the EPA failed to adequately explain why stricter technology-based effluent standards should not be applied, failed to give fair and thorough consideration to onshore treatment options, and failed to adequately explain why pre-2009 Lakers were exempted.  ...

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US Court orders EPA to rewrite Ship Ballast Water rules

 CHALOS & Co law firm informs that a federal appeals court in New York ordered US EPA to rewrite its rules regarding the discharge of ballast water from ships, following reaction by environmental groups that said the rules threatened the nation’s waterways.Four environmental agencies petitioned the Second Circuit Court of Appeals for review of the Vessel General Permit (“VGP”) issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) in 2013 under Section 509(b)(1) of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), which regulates the discharge of ballast water from ships (and is the primary cause of the spread of invasive species to different bodies of water). On October 5, 2015, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Natural Resources Defense Counsel, et al. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, holding that the EPA acted arbitrarily and capriciously in issuing the permit and remanded back to the EPA for further proceedings.   The sixty-five (65) page decision goes into great detail regarding the historic context for why such a VGP is necessary, the purposes of the CWA, and the technical components of the statute for preventing pollutants and measuring compliance with the act, specifically water quality standards.  The EPA issued the 2013 VGP allowing vessels to discharge ballast water ...

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Seawater- lubricated shaft withdrawls extended

 Classification societies are changing their monitoring rules for seawater-lubricated propeller shafts in line with the rules governing the inspection and withdrawal of oil-lubricated stern tube systems.China Classification Society (CCS) announced in July that if certain condition monitoring criteria are met, shaft withdrawal for inspection may be extended to 15 years.The rule change follows recent revisions by Lloyd’s Register and Bureau Veritas which published amended SCM and MON-SHAFT rules in January 2013 and January 2014, respectively. DNV GL, the world’s largest classification society, with a registered fleet of 266.9mgt, is expected to publish new rules in 2016.“Changes to classification society rules represent a significant breakthrough for manufacturers of water-lubricated shaft bearing systems,” said Andy Edwards, Commercial Director of market leader Thordon Bearings.“A major stumbling block to the wider take-up of the more environmentally efficient seawater-lubricated system has been the requirement to withdraw the shaft for inspection every five years. So the changes are very welcome as they are more representative of the advancements made in polymer bearing technologies and corrosion-resistant shaft coating systems.“We expect the revision will be highly welcomed by those shipowners looking to comply with the stringent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency vessel general permit (VGP) regulations, which are now ...

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EPA finalizes rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting

 The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it has finalized a rule to modernize Clean Water Act reporting for regulated entities.  The rule will require regulated entities to use existing, available information technology to electronically report data required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This requirement will apply to reports under the Vessel General Permit (VGP) programs.EPA expects to publish the final rule in the Federal Register in October, 2015. The final rule will be effective 60 days following this publication. EPA estimates that, once the rule is fully implemented, the 46 states and the Virgin Islands Territory that are authorized to administer the NPDES program will collectively save approximately $22.6 million each year as a result of switching from paper to electronic reporting. The final rule will make facility-specific information, such as inspection and enforcement history, pollutant monitoring results, and other data required by NPDES permits accessible to the public through EPA’s website.“Electronic reporting will give the public full transparency into water pollution sources, save millions of dollars, and lead to better water quality in American communities,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance. “This rule will significantly reduce the burden and ...

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New orders for Warstila’s BWMS

  Wärtsilä has received another important order for its Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). Three new container ships being built for a major European shipping company at the Jinhai Shipyard in China will be fitted with Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS. The order was placed with Wärtsilä in the first quarter of 2015. Wärtsilä will deliver the BWMS equipment to the first vessel at the end of 2015, and for the other two ships during 2016. This latest contract follows the order placed last year from the same company, where Wärtsilä BWMS equipment was installed into three 2100 TEU container ships built in Asia, and which were delivered in December 2014. Each of the three vessels will be fitted with a 500m3 capacity Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS. This system utilises a two-stage approach involving filtration and medium pressure UV disinfection technology. Wärtsilä has already obtained IMO Type Approval and Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance from the US Coastguard (USCG) for this system, and work to achieve full USCG Type Approval for all products in the Aquarius BWMS range commenced early in 2014. “Ballast water management is an important feature of the overall emphasis on environmentally sustainable shipping. Wärtsilä has always paid ...

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