Let the BWM games begin

With the accession by Finland to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (better known as the Ballast Water Management or BWM Convention), there are now sufficient ratifications for the Convention to enter into force. Entry into force will occur on 8 September 2017. It has been an agonisingly slow process for a…

USCG: Process for US type approval of a BWM system and US Vs IMO ballast water standards

The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin summarizing the differences between the US and IMO ballast water standards and the process for US type approval of a BWM system. The 2016 BWMTech Conference was held Sept. 26 to 28, 2016 in Miami. The conference brought together ship owners, maritime stakeholders, manufacturing company representatives and regulators to discuss various elements of…

ABS updates Ballast Water treatment guide for maritime industry

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has updated its ballast water treatment guide in order to help marine and offshore industries in adopting relevant solutions according to new regulatory and operational requirements. The updated ABS Guide for Ballast Water Treatment also aims to assist in the design and installation of International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) new…

USCG: Ballast Water Management update (13 Jul. 2016)

The US Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) providing an update on aspects of the Alternate Management Systems (AMS) program for ballast water management and compliance with applicable regulations. Items clarified: Alternate Management Systems Extension of Compliance Date and AMS Installation Vessel with BWMS not accepted for use as an AMS Vessel…