The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) has released Policy Letter 02-22 which describes the process for submitting viability testing methods to the Coast Guard and explains the information needed to evaluate a testing method.
Policy Letter: Multiple Independent Labs for Type Approval Testing of Ballast Water Management Systems
The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has published a final Policy Letter on using multiple Independent Laboratories for evaluating Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This clarifies the intent of […]
In this post, staff from the Environmental Standards Division offer guidance on what constitutes entry into drydock and the end of a ballast water management system extension period.
10/11/2018: Ballast Water Management & Technology North America conference – Recap of presentation on extensions, type approval and next steps
Continuing our coverage of September’s Ballast Water Management and Technology North America conference, staff from the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards and the Marine Safety Center gave conference attendees an update on various aspects of the Coast Guard’s ballast water program. This post recaps those presentations for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend.
8/21/2018: “Onboard BW Management System” – Do you know which option to select on NBIC’s Ballast Water Management Report?
With few exceptions, U.S. and foreign flag vessels equipped with ballast tanks and which are bound for ports or places of the U.S. must submit a Ballast Water Management Report to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse, in most cases up to six hours after arrival. As part of the report, vessel owners/operators using an installed ballast water management system make an entry in the “Onboard BW Management System” block on the form indicating the management system currently in use. This post provides information for vessel owners/operators regarding BWMS reporting requirements using the NBIC form.