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IMO outlines GloBallast highlights

IMO outlines the key achievements of the GloBallast Partnerships Programme, executed by IMO in collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the UNDP. The project was launched in 2007 after an initial 4-year phase and has been assisting developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships’ ballast water and implement the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention.

New US bill voted for invasive species

US Senate approved last week a new bill which includes a provision eliminating US EPA’s authority over ballast water pollution and at the same time ‘rolling back rules that protect the Great Lakes from invasive species’, the Alliance for the Great Lakes stated.

MOL, SATAKE to exhibit two BWM solutions

MOL announced that its group company MOL Techno-Trade will exhibit BARI-SHIP 2017, which is held at Imabari, Ehime from May 25th – 27th, 2017, with SATAKE Corporation. The exhibition will include presentations of SATAKE’s “Viable Organism Analyzer” and MOL Engineering’s and SATAKE’s joint development of a compact concentrator, both used for improving ballast water operation.

Saudi Arabia ratifies BWM convention

IMO announced that Saudi Arabia has become the latest State to become a Party to the Ballast Water Management Convention. The number of contracting Parties to the BWM Convention now stands at 55, representing 53.67% of world merchant shipping tonnage.

IMO announces GloBallast successful completion

The final meeting of the GloBallast Global Project Task Force (GPTF), held in Panama City, on 16-17 March, highlighted the legacy elements of the GloBallast project, which are expected to be sustained by its main stakeholders, following the formal closure of the project, in June 2017. Specific examples include GloBallast training packages, to support the capacity-building needs of countries implementing the BWM Convention.

California opposes preemptive federal BWM standards

The California State Lands Commission has unanimously opposed federal legislation that would dramatically increase the likelihood of marine invasive species introductions and water pollution in California by revoking the long-standing right of states to regulate their waters under the Clean Water Act and the National Invasive Species Act.

California releases marine invasive species report

California State Lands Commission (SLC) recently published its 2017 Biennial Report on its marine invasive species program, discussing both ballast water and biofouling and aiming to prevent the introduction of nonindigenous species into State waters from vessels 300 gross registered tons and above that are capable of carrying ballast water.

Marine invasive species reporting requirements for California

The California State Lands Commission (SLC) issued a letter reminding stakeholders of various reporting requirements related to marine invasive species. The letter addresses issues regarding Ballast Water Treatment Technology Annual Reporting Form; Ballast Water Treatment Supplemental Reporting Form; Hull Husbandry Reporting Form; Ballast Water Management Report requirements.

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