MSC will review the application for compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations in 46 CFR 162.060. Once it has been determined that the application meets the requirements, the MSC will issue a type approval certificate.


On September, the USCG received its 17th application for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by NKBMS Co. Ltd. During July, the USCG received its 16th application for the inTank Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by Envirocleanse. On June, the USCG received its 15th application for the HiBallast Ballast Water Management System, manufactured by Hyundai Heavy Industries. The 14th application was received in May by Headway Technology. During April  Wärtsilä Water Systems applied for BWMS type approval, while two more applications, by JFE Engineering Corporation and Panasia Co, were received in March.

So far, Wärtsilä Water Systems (England), BIO-UV Group (France), Samsung Heavy Industries Co (Republic of Korea), Techcross (Republic of Korea), Optimarin (Norway), Alfa Laval (Sweden), TeamTec Ocean Saver (Norway), Sunrui (China), Ecochlor (USA) and Erma First (Greece) have won the USCG type approval.

During the last GREEN4SEA Conference, Mr. Juha Kiukas, Sales Director, Trojan Marinex, noted that the BWMS market is currently becoming more mature and around 20 Type Approvals may be expected up to 2019.