The introduction of invasive aquatic species as a result from international shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and research suggests that 70-80% of introductions occur through biofouling. Madlene Wangrau of UK P&I Club, discusses how shippers could reduce biofouling risk.
The California State Lands Commission issued a letter to ship agents that might call in California ports, addressing the implementation of biofouling management requirements and reminding of existing reporting requirements.
Recently, the US Coast Guard completed a blog series regarding ballast water. In these series, USCG focuses extensively on compliance and enforcement of the US ballast water regulations. The blog-series consisted of five articles, each dealing with a different issue.
The introduction of invasive aquatic species associated with global shipping has been identified as a significant threat to the world’s oceans and coastal ecosystems. Research indicates that 70-80% of IAS introductions occur from biofouling and new areas are being invaded.
The Maritime Environmental Resource Center announced that after years of efforts to ensure scientifically-sound and transparent ballast water management systems certification testing, it will stop conducting Type Approval Certification testing of BWMS.
It is important to keep in mind that ‘invasive species can enact significant long lasting damage to both the environment and economy.’ USCG said. So far in 2017, almost half of ballast water discharged into the US has been from overseas sources; more than 122 million cubic meters of foreign ballast water
The BWM treaty entered into force in September 2017. This landmark step was recognized at the latest meeting of the Inter-agency Liaison Group on Invasive Alien Species, which held its 8th session in Brussels, Belgium, 22-23 November.
The California State Lands Commission issued a letter to remind about the new requirements for vessels arriving at the country’s ports on or after October 1st, 2017. As GREEN4SEA previously reported, from that date, all vessels will have to submit a completed “Marine Invasive Species Program Annual Vessel Reporting Form” at least twenty four hours in advance of the first arrival of the calendar year at a California port.
At the ICS Annual Shipping Conference, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim highlighted two important issues on the industry’s current agenda, reducing harmful emissions and dealing with invasive species, stressing that, despite a huge amount of progress, both represent “unfinished business”.
An IMarEST workshop on practical biofouling management strategies was conducted in Melbourne, Australia, on 12-15 September. Biofouling is defined as the undesirable accumulation of aquatic organisms like, plants, algae and animals on ships’ hulls, which pose at risk the conservation of biodiversity.
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