Steve Candito, CEO of Ecochlor shares his views on in the editorial, Crew Training is Critical in BWMS Commissioning Testing, for Maritime Reporter.

Steve Candito CEO EcochlorRead a short excerpt from the article: “In the last few years, shipowners have been faced with considerable pressure to prepare their vessels to meeting increasingly stringent environmental regulations. The IMO requirement for the biological efficacy commission testing of ballast water management systems (BWM.2/Circ.70) is nearing its mandatory start date in October 2021. Flag Administrations are being encouraged to start implementation of this test as soon as possible.

The biological efficacy commissioning test starts after the manufacturer hands over the system to the crew. In most cases the manufacturer may be allowed to be present, but is not permitted to either operate the system or assist the crew. If the crew is not familiar with the system, and as a consequence fails to run the system properly, it could result in a very expensive test failure. With biological tests costing between $8 – 10,000, crew training becomes even more critical.”

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