The Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards has published a Policy Letter to provide guidance on the testing and validation of alternate components requested to be used with a type-approved Ballast Water Management System (BWMS).
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.
MSIB: Ballast water best management practices to reduce the likelihood of transporting pathogens that may spread stony coral tissue loss disease
Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease can kill coral within weeks or months and spreads rapidly to destroy the soft tissue of many different species of coral. This MSIB reminds vessel representatives of mandatory management practices associated with the discharge of ballast water (BW) from vessels required to conduct a Ballast Water Exchange (BWE) under U.S. Regulations.
5/2/2019: Marine Safety Center issues ballast water management system type approval certificate to Wärtsilä Water Systems, Ltd.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center has issued the 18th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Wärtsilä Water Systems, Ltd. The treatment principle of the Wärtsilä Aquarius UV BWMS consists of filtration with UV treatment at uptake and discharge.
4/16/2019: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S
The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 17th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to DESMI Ocean Guard A/S, after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. 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.
Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, addressed leaders of the International Association of Independent Oil Tankers during Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping Conference 2019, in Stamford, Connecticut, April 2, 2019. In this post, we provide a summary of a few of the key topics he discussed.
10/17/2018: U.S. Ballast Water Management Requirements: Operational limitations in type approval testing
This post provides information on a letter recently sent to the Coast Guard accepted independent laboratories providing guidance for evaluating manufacturer-identified operational limitations during type approval testing of ballast water management systems. The letter clarifies the responsibilities of the BWMS manufacturer, the Coast Guard accepted IL, and the Coast Guard, with regard to evaluating and assessing operational limitations of BWMS.
10/2/2018: Ballast Water Management & Technology North America conference – Recap of presentation “Walking the Walk” on enforcement and compliance
Staff from the offices of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Operating and Environmental Standards, and the Marine Safety Center presented on various aspects of the Coast Guard’s ballast water management program before an audience of over 140 maritime industry professionals at the Ballast Water Technology North America conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sept. 25-27, 2018. In this post, we summarize a presentation by Cdr. Alan Moore, with the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, on Coast Guard ballast water management regulations, how to achieve compliance, and enforcement aspects.
The Coast Guard published a Final Rule eliminating the requirement for certain vessels that operate on voyages exclusively within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. The final rule is effective Oct. 1, 2018.