Commercial Vessel Compliance

10/18/2017: Marine Safety Center issues amended Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to TeamTec AS

The Marine Safety Center has issued an updated type approval certificate to TeamTec OceanSaver AS for the OceanSaver BWTS MKII Ballast Water Management System.

The updated certificate was issued as a result of the acquisition of all OceanSaver intellectual property, certificates and assets by IMS Group AS. TeamTec OceanSaver is a member of, and fully owned by, IMS group AS. A copy of the type approval certificate may be obtained by contacting the manufacturer.

All OceanSaver equipment manufactured during the validity of the original type approval certificate remains approved as long as it is manufactured, installed, and operated according to the terms of the type approval certificate. Any maintenance and repairs to this equipment must also be performed in accordance with the manuals and components specified as part of the type approval. If the equipment fails to operate and parts from the original equipment manufacturer are no longer available, then the equipment is no longer operating under its type approval and must be replaced.

For further information on what happens to Coast Guard type approval when a manufacturer goes out of business, please see the Maritime Commons blog post on the subject:

9/22/2017: What happens to Coast Guard Type Approval when a manufacturer goes out of business?

A complete list of ballast water treatment systems that have been approved or have type approval applications currently under review can be found on the Marine Safety Center webpage.

The Coast Guard’s ballast water portal provides information on BWM compliance date extensions. The site also provides access to regulations, policy letters, informational bulletins, and extension application status to help the maritime industry comply with the BWM requirements.

Please send requests for compliance extension and questions regarding the Coast Guard’s BWM extension program to environmental_standards@uscg.mil.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.