Maritime Executive Interviews Steve Candito, CEO of Ecochlor BWMS

Cover of the martime executive magazineMaritime Executive has just been released their latest magazine issue which includes an article by Dr. Mia Bennett on ballast water treatment, Deadline-Keeping: All international trading ships will need an approved ballast water management system by 2024.

Steve Candito, CEO was interviewed for the article in regard to Ecochlor’s chemical injection ballast water management system (BWMS). The article highlights the main benefits of chemical injection systems and its effectiveness in all water types.  “While injection technology represents a minority of BWMSs, the solution can be useful for ships whose routes take them through turbid waters (where it might be harder to use UV) or freshwater (where it might be challenging to obtain the correct salt content needed for electrochlorination).”

Additionally, scale up is difficult for larger vessels using UV or electrochlorination. “With UV and electrochlorination systems, the larger the ship gets, the more bulbs and electricity – respectively – are required. In contract, dosing systems don’t change much in size as the vessel scales up.”

Mr. Candito added “an increasing number of shipowners are turning to Ecochlor’s easy-to-use system after realizing the difficulties of using other options.” To read the entire article click here.

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Pre-publication Viewing of VIDA Standard of Performance

The Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, would establish national standards of performance for marine pollution control devices for discharges incidental to the normal operation of primarily non-military and non-recreational vessels 79 feet in length and above into the waters of the United States or the waters of the contiguous zone.

EPA Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, signed the proposed rule on October 5, 2020, and EPA is submitting it for publication in the Federal Register (FR). To view the pre-publication go to

California State Lands Commission webinar on BWM is 7 October

California coast is erodingThe California State Lands Commission will host a webinar on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, at 11:00 AM PDT. The California Marine Invasive Species Program will discuss setting up a user account, adding vessels, navigating within MISP.IO, and submitting the Ballast Water Management Report and the Annual Vessel Reporting Form. No registration is needed. Please contact Nicole Dobroski at for a link to the webinar. [].


USCG Issued Bulletin on COVID-19 and Port and Facility Operations

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The U.S. Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information (MSIB 07-20) concerning the impact of COVID-19 to port and facility operators.

It is recognized that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a myriad of unique operating conditions that warrant special considerations. Some challenges have included cruise ships mooring at facilities not approved for passenger operations, garbage removal, and facility and vessel crew interactions. Because of these operational concerns, the following clarification and guidance is provided to help ensure the safety and security of workers, ports, and facilities. Below is a summary of some of the issues covered in the Bulletin:

  •  Approved Facility Security Plans – (33 CFR 105.245) require a Declaration of Security (DoS) to be completed in certain situations. There is no requirement for the coordination of security needs and procedures, signature of the DoS, or implementation of agreed upon measures to be conducted in a face-to-face manner between the Facility Security Officer and the Master, Vessel Security Officer (VSO), or their designated representative.
  • Declaration of Inspection (DOI) to be completed before any transfer of oil or hazardous material to or from a vessel – 33 CFR 156.150. The DOI meeting/conference can be completed over the radio, phone or at a safe social distance and still meet these requirements, however both PIC’s must communicate with each other before beginning any transfer. Additionally, both PIC’s shall sign the DOI, but it can be done electronically.
  • Seafarer’s Access – Maritime facility operators are reminded they are not permitted to impede the embarkation/disembarkation of crew members as permitted under Seafarer’s Access regulations. Facility operators should contact their local CBP, Coast Guard, or the CDC, State and local health department offices regarding specific questions or concerns about their individual operations.
  • Noncompliance with facility security requirements – 33 CFR 105.125. If a situation arises where a facility will not be able to comply with the requirements of 33 CFR 105, the facility must contact the Captain of the Port (COTP) to request and receive permission to temporarily deviate from the requirements. A potential situation where this can be used are modified escort requirements in secure areas or mooring a cruise ship at a non-passenger terminal.
  • Waste Reception Facilities – Garbage and Medical Waste 33 CFR 158 regulations require all ports and terminals under the jurisdiction of the United States to provide vessels with reception facilities for garbage. International regulations require these reception facilities to have a Certificate of Adequacy (COA) issued by the Coast Guard that attests to their ability to offload garbage, which may include medical waste.
  • TWIC Enrollment Centers – If applicants are planning to visit an enrollment center, please use the “Find an Enrollment Center” feature at the bottom of the Universal Enroll website to determine if the center is open.

To read the entire bulletin click here.

The U.S. Coast Guard also advises people to review the Center for Disease Control website for the latest information related to COVID-19.

Ecochlor is Exhibiting at CMA Shipping 2020

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You are kindly invited to visit the Ecochlor
Exhibition Stand #29
at CMA Shipping 2020
to be held 31 March to 2 April 2020
at the
Stamford Hilton Hotel
Stamford, Connecticut  USA

CMA Shipping is brought to you by the Connecticut Maritime Association (CMA), a not-for-profit organization with a long history of supporting shipping professional through all stages of their careers. Ecochlor is a proud member of CMA.

CMA Shipping 2020 will be held in Stamford, Connecticut USA from 31 March to 2 April 2020 and includes three days of information looking at the full spectrum of the hottest topics in the global maritime industry. The event cumulates in the Gala Dinner where Ms. Lois Zabrocky, Chief Executive Officer at International Seaways Ship Management LLC has been named the Connecticut Maritime Association Commodore for the year 2020.

Now in its 35th year, CMA Shipping brings together the full spectrum of the industry. We hope to see you at the event!

USCG Type Approval BWMS Comparison Chart

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) provides a list limiting conditions for the use of a ballast water management system under specific conditions during operation on a vessel. These limitations are referenced in type approval certificates. The process for evaluating and assessing operational limitations includes the following general steps: – The manufacturer identifies relevant limiting […]

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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 […]

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VIDA Signed Into Law

The 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, […]

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