VIDA Approval Changes Deadline on EPA’s NOIs

An email sent from EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management to stakeholders on October 10, 2018 indicated that EPA would be late in reissuing the 2013 VGP and specified that new vessels would be unable to obtain coverage under that permit after December 18, 2018. The email strongly encouraged operators to submit any Notices of Intent (NOIs) for coverage under that permit prior to that date. However, as a result of VIDA, NOIs can be submitted after December 18, 2018, consistent with the 2013 VGP requirements (i.e. operators must submit NOIs at least one week prior to discharging in water subject to the permit). Read the entire notice below:


Ricky Dixon presenting Ecochlor Case Study for Shipowners

Ecochlor Reveals Shipowner Partnership Program at the BWMTech Conference in London

Ricky Dixon presenting Ecochlor Case Study for ShipownersRicky Dixon, Director of Sales at Ecochlor, spoke at the recent BWMTech conference in London about a unique Ecochlor case study, Ballast Water Management Compliance – An innovative manufacturer/shipowner partner program. The presentation was well-received by more than 150 people representing all facets of the maritime industry.

The presentation was developed around an innovative partnership program created by Ecochlor to better assist shipowners after the sale and installation of the Ecochlor ballast water management system. To download a copy of the case study go to

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VIDA Signed Into Law

Flag and port in USAThe White House announced the bill (S.140) which includes the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA) was signed into law on December 4, 2018, modifying the regulation of vessel incidental discharge and ballast water. The changes effected by the new law will be developed and phased in over a 2-year period.  During this time, it’s important for owners to understand that the current EPA Vessel General Permit (VGP) requirements will remain in effect until new regulations are developed.

Ecochlor Seeks VP of Sales and Marketing

Do you have ten years of experience in a senior-level sales and/or marketing position in the maritime industry? Ecochlor, Inc., a leader in ballast water treatment, is actively seeking a Vice President of Sales and Marketing for their North Haven, Connecticut, USA office. Do you have what it takes to develop, implement, monitor and analyze all sales and marketing activity against corporate goals? Read the job description below.

VP Sales and Marketing Job description

If interested in the position contact Steve Candito at



Ecochlor Completes Harmonization of USCG and IMO Type Approvals

Ecochlor is pleased to announce the complete harmonization of USCG Type Approval to their IMO Type Approval for their line of Ecochlor® Ballast Water Treatment Systems.

During Ecochlor’s USCG Type Approval amendment process, minor updates and improvements were made to aspects such as documentation, available filter models, and control system software.  Once the USCG Type Approval amendment was complete, Ecochlor worked with DNV GL as the Recognized Organization for the Norwegian Maritime Authority to harmonize all aspects of the USCG approved system with the existing IMO Type Approval.  One important update was the inclusion of additional FilterSafe models to the approved equipment list, such as FilterSafe’s highest throughput SuperTurbo (ST) filter.  This update increases the design and installation options for ship owners.

The Ecochlor® BWTS has been evaluated through various international and domestic regulatory processes that verify treatment efficacy, environmental acceptability, safety to human health, and safety to ships. For more information on Ecochlor’s regulatory approvals go to

USCG Cdr. Moore Gives Keynote Presentation on BWMS Compliance

The USCG Maritime Commons is posting recaps of a recent presentation at the BWMTech North America conference titled, “Walking the Walk” on enforcement and compliance.

Cdr. Alan Moore, with the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, provided keynote remarks on Coast Guard ballast water management regulations, how to achieve compliance, and enforcement aspects. Read the complete post on

Moore noted that accurate ballast water reporting via the National Ballast Water Information Clearinghouse website is integral for verifying compliance, and he highlighted the resources available through the NBIC website such as forms and reporting requirements.

From the Port State Control point of view, BWMS operational performance and compliance with standards is treated the same as other shipboard systems and discharges. “Treating the BWMS with the same importance as all vital shipboard systems will enable the ship to arrive and conduct efficient cargo operations,” Moore said. “Maintaining regular communications and coordination with all PSC safety net stakeholders is important, especially when operational or technical issues arise. This leads to efficient and effective coordination for resolving any issues encountered.”

When a ship is due for a PSC exam, international procedures call for first verifying survey certificates, records, logs, and conducting a cursory walk through to see if there are any obvious issues. If isn’t right then we proceed with conducting a more detailed inspection per IMO procedures for Port State Control. If the Coast Guard identifies an issue, the Port State Control officers will discuss the issue with the master. Depending on the severity, options may include issuing a deficiency, such as requiring repairs prior to departure or return to U.S. waters.

For a complete breakdown of the top deficiencies, resulting operational controls, and enforcement actions, review the 2017 Port State Control Annual Report.

Policy Letter 18-02, “Guidelines for Evaluating Potential Courses of Action When a Vessel Bound for a Port in the United States has an Inoperable Ballast Water Management (BWM) System,” and Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular 01-18, “Ballast Water Management For Control of Non-Indigenous Species in Waters of the United States.”