Category: Operating & Environmental Standards

Summary of public meeting on IMO 2020 Sulfur cap

In this post we provide a brief summary of the public meeting recently held in Washington, D.C., about consistent implementation of the Global .50 percent sulfur limit.

United States re-elected to International Maritime Organization Council for 2020-2021 during the 31st Session of the Assembly

The United States was recently re-elected for a two-year term on the International Maritime Organization Council.

Don’t miss the January 31, 2020, deadline to submit nominations for the Rear Adm. William M. Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking applications from the maritime industry for the 2020 Benkert Award for Environmental Excellence. Applications are due by January 31, 2020.

Notice of Public Meeting: Consistent Implementation of Regulation 14.1.3 of MARPOL Annex VI (Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit)

The Coast Guard will hold a public meeting in Washington, D.C., Dec. 5, 2019, to review and discuss the MARPOL Annex VI provisions for implementing the Global 0.50% Sulfur Limit and the associated guidance developed through the International Maritime Organization, as well as discuss related issues and Coast Guard enforcement plans.

Exhaust gas scrubbers on foreign ships in North American and U.S. Caribbean Sea Emission Control Areas

Policy letter 12-04 has been amended to reflect a change in policy on correspondence from flag administrations regarding equivalencies for exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) under MARPOL.

Update from September’s BWM Tech North America conference

In September, staff from Coast Guard Headquarters attended the Ballast Water Management Tech North America Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Lt. Jacob Baldassini, an engineer with the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Center, gave attendees an update on the state of the Coast Guard’s type approval program, and guidance on several specific issues about which the MSC receives regular inquiries. Maritime Commons is sharing an overview of his comments for the benefit of our readers unable to attend.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd.

The Marine Safety Center issued the 24th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to HANLA IMS Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

New Independent Lab accepted

The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards announced that it accepted PIA GmbH located in Aachen, Germany as a new Independent Laboratory for testing of ballast water management systems.

Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Miura Co., Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued its 23rd Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Miura Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

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