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Updated BWTS list accepted by the USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard has updated the list of the Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) accepted for use in US water as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) on January 30rd, 2014.

Proposal for harmful aquatic organisms in ballast water

ICS, BIMCO, Intercargo, Intertanko, WSC have jointly made a submission to upcoming IMO Maritime Environment Protection Committee (IMO MEPC 66) to amend the Guidelines for approval of ballast water management systems in order to ensure success of the BWM Convention. The MEPC 66 will be held in IMO headquarters from 31 March 2014 to 4 April 2014.

EU Environment Council will focus on maritime emissions and invasive species

The second and last Environment Council meeting under the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will take place in Brussels on Friday, December 13. The meeting will be chaired by Minister of Environment of Lithuania Valentinas Mazuronis. The Commission will be represented by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik and Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard.

Updated BWTS list accepted by the USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard has updated the list of the Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) accepted for use in US water as Alternate Management Systems (AMS).

New VGP will take effect next month

The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) second Vessel General Permit (VGP or Permit) for discharges incidental to the normal operation of vessels will take effect 19 December 2013.