The Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy has published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 14-20 “COVID-19: Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extensions” to clarify adjustments to the extension policy for vessels impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, the Coast Guard informed four ultraviolet ballast water management system manufacturers that the Most Probable Number method is not considered as an equivalent alternative to the testing method prescribed in the Coast Guard’s regulations pertaining to the type-approval of ballast water systems.
Read the final post in our ballast water series providing you with an overview of industry challenges surrounding testing and type-approval of alternative components, system scaling, new system configurations and determining viability of organisms in ballast water.
Read the fifth post in our ballast water series providing you with an overview of the two pathways for manufacturers and independent laboratories to obtain type-approval.
Read the fourth post in our ballast water series that discusses the living vs. viable criteria in the standard.