Intertanko Guidance for Ballast Water contingency measures

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Since the Ballast Water Management Convention came into force last September, port-states have not been homogeneous in dealing with contingencies where ship operators were unable to carry out ballast water exchange. In light of the entry into force of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) as well as the step change in enforcement of the…

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USCG updates Ballast Water Management FAQs (24 April 2018)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard has announced the publication of a revised Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document which combines and updates a collection of previous FAQs. These address questions on a variety of current topics, including compliance with Coast Guard regulations, the type approval process for Ballast Water Management Systems, and working with Independent Laboratories.…

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DNVGL – Ballast Water Management – checklist for preparation of PSC inspections

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com)The international Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) came into force on 8 September 2017. In Paris MoU alone, the Port State Control (PSC) issued more than 70 deficiencies regarding BWM in the last four months of 2017; worldwide more than 160 deficiencies were identified up to March 2018. This news provides you with an overview…

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USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions (1 March 2018 )

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a bulletin providing a closer look at NVIC 01-18 and BWMS compliance date extensions. They have recently published a 35 pages Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-18, “Ballast Water Management For Control Of Non-Indigenous Species In Waters Of The United States.” The purpose of this article is to…

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USCG – Guidance regarding inoperable BWMS (Ballast Water Management System)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a policy letter providing guidelines for evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel bound for a US port has an inoperable ballast water management system. As a reminder, the United States is not a party to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water…

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USCG updates Ballast Water Management FAQs

The US Coast Guard has announced that updated Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program guidance is available on its public Homeport internet portal. Two slideshow presentations are available to provide interested readers a “BWM 101” overview of the program and a “BWM Update” on recent developments and activities. These presentations include speaker notes for each slide…

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IMO further pushes back Ballast Water Compliance Dates

The IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) finished up its 71st meeting with new resolutions on Ballast Water Management among others. The most noteworthy resolution to emerge from MEPC 71 was a new implementation scheme for Ballast Water Management (BWM) requirements. The new plan requires compliance with the Ballast Water Management Convention standards at the…

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