Amendments to update Form B of the Supplement to the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate, in relation to segregated ballast tanks, also enter into force on 1 March 2018. See more at http://safety4sea.com/amendments-to-iopp-certificate-now-effective/
Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (BEMA) expects to finalise its bylaws, which were issued this week, and appoint its board of directors and officers when it holds its second meeting, sometime before 8 March.
See more at http://www.ballastwatermanagement.co.uk/news/view,bema-will-finalise-its-structure-and-officers-soon_50892.htm
Ballast water exchange and compliance date extensions are being phased out as temporary options for compliance with the US ballast water regulation as shipowners are now able to select and install a US Coast Guard type approved ballast water treatment system. Read More.
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- Series 1 provides program background and an informative USCG perspective on ballast water management.
- Series 2 clearly discusses the USCG’s focus on compliance and enforcement of ballast water regulations.
- Series 3 presents interesting statistics on treated ballast water discharges in the US, as well as information on the various treatment system aspects that the USCG evaluates during the type approval process.
- Series 4 provides valuable insight on what shipowners should expect when operating and installing a ballast water treatment system.
- Series 5 discusses the importance of contingency planning in the event a ballast water treatment system is unexpectedly inoperable, and the steps owners/operators should take in such an event to ensure compliance. This final post also reiterates the USCG’s expectations that owners follow the regulations and the USCG focus on enforcement of ballast water regulations.
Tanker Shipping & Trade has chosen Ecochlor’s Technical Director, Mike Hasson to speak on, Case Study: What Every Tanker Operator Should Know Ahead of a BWMS Retrofit at their upcoming conference November 14-15, 2017 in London, UK. Mr. Hasson has managed 19 tanker ballast water treatment retrofit installations over the past 18 months and will brings a wealth of information of this process to the maritime shipping community.
The two-day conference will bring professionals from the entire tanker shipping and trade industry to discuss the business, operational and technical issues impacting the crude, product and chemical tanker trades.
Any tanker owners or operators interested in attending this conference, a 25% discount is offered exclusively to contacts and customers of Ecochlor, if interested please contact email@example.com for further information.
Ecochlor and DNV GL announced today DNV GL Type Approval on behalf of Norway of the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). In addition to serving as Ecochlor’s Independent Laboratory for US Coast Guard (USCG) Type Approval, DNV GL simultaneously evaluated and approved the Ecochlor System under DNV GL rules and the BWM Convention.
Martin Olofsson, DNV GL Business Development Manager for BWMS type approval testing said, “DNV GL is very pleased to have worked with Ecochlor for both the USCG and the DNV GL Type Approval. It has been a challenging, although rewarding, process, as Ecochlor was the first system using a chemical injection treatment technology to be evaluated. Also, many of the issues were a new experience for the USCG. Due to Ecochlor’s dedicated, and highly technically competent staff, the challenges we faced were handled in a most professional manner.”
“DNV GL has been very thorough in overseeing testing of the Ecochlor System.” said Tom Perlich, President of Ecochlor. “Throughout this process we have been honoured to work with the staff at DNV GL and feel that these recent collaborative efforts for the two type approvals will greatly benefit shipowners installing BWTS on the vessels that are represented by DNV GL as their class society.”
“Through the DNV GL Type Approval project, we have used this opportunity to fine-tune our rules concerning the safe installation of the Ecochlor BWTS on ships. The DNV GL sub-laboratory Golden Bear Facility in San Francisco has done both the land-based and shipboard testing and the results have confirmed the biological efficacy of this system. DNV GL used these same test results and documentation to submit and issue a BWTS type approval certificate on behalf of Norway. We congratulate Ecochlor for achieving these great milestones of being the first chemical treatment USCG Type Approved system and for their IMO/Norway Type Approval,” commented Ingrid Sigvaldsen, DNV GL Project Manager.
With its USCG Type Approval certificate, Ecochlor stands alone as the first approved treatment system produced by a US manufacturer; the only approved chemical injection treatment technology; the only system suitable for installation on US flagged tankers with high flow rates; the only approved BWTS that does not require re-treatment or neutralization on discharge; and, a treatment system with almost twice the flow capacity of any other approved USCG Type Approved technology.
Lately, I have been reading reports regarding the United States Coast Guard’s (USCG) escalating enforcement of ballast water discharge violations. In the first case, the USCG initiated a civil penalty proceeding against a bulk carrier for discharging ballast water in Washington State without using a USCG Type Approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) or other approved means. The USCG proposed the maximum penalty of $38,175. In a more recent case, the USCG issued a $5,000 fine for a similar unauthorized ballast water discharge in Oregon. In both situations, the violations were discovered during routine port state control (PSC) BWM examinations.
Beyond the obvious fines or delays in vessel schedules, there are imminent risks to the shipowner associated with the USCG’s current focus on BWMS violations. First, there are many BWMS currently onboard vessels that either do not work at all or are so temperamental that the ship’s crew has not been able to operate them properly. ABS recently issued a report indicating as many as 45 percent of installed BWMS are not operating as intended. Factors such as ballast water salinity, temperature and turbidity can adversely impact the performance of some systems, particularly if the crew is not experienced enough to make the necessary operational adjustments for the system to meet the regulatory requirements.
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In an recent event October 4, 2017 at the Yacht Club of Greece, Tom Perlich welcomed shipowners to celebrate Ecochlor’s certification of USCG Type Approval before an interview with NAFSGreenTV. Watch the interview here.