USCG – BWMS compliance date extensions (Update 11 Mar 2019)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The US Coast Guard issued a bulletin stating that it has reconsidered its previous interpretation of ‘next scheduled drydocking’ with respect to ballast water management system (BWMS) compliance dates. Due to drydock slippage, the Coast Guard has determined that existing extensions with a compliance date stipulated as the ‘first scheduled drydock after (date)’ will…

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EMSA ballast water sampling guidance

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) issued a document providing best practice guidance and a harmonized approach to sampling for compliance in accordance with Article 9 of the IMO Ballast Water Convention 2004. This document has been prepared based on IMO Guidelines for Ballast Water Sampling (G2) and related IMO documents and on current…

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USA Ballast Water Management Reform

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) By Dennis L. Bryant. The article discusses the recently enacted Vessel Incidental Discharge Act of 2018 (VIDA). The Act greatly reforms the process for regulation of ballast water discharges into waters of the United States. It not only brings the US Ballast Water Management (BWM) regulatory scheme into closer alignment with the international standard, but…

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Infographic – complying with BWM Convention (IMO)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), entered into force globally on 8 September 2017. IMO responds below to frequently asked questions about the BWM Convention and its provisions, and what the entry into force means for international shipping. Click here to learn more about ballast…

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USCG – BWMS update compliance date extensions, type approvals and next steps (October 2018 )

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Continuing USCG 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. Following is a recap of those presentations for our readers who were…

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Maritime Regulations Guidance – Control and Management of Ballast Water

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Loading and discharging ballast water is an essential part of a ship’s operation, with large ships requiring many thousands of tonnes of water to maintain their stability, draft and manoeuvrability. By the very nature of the operation, this ballast water contains hundreds of micro and macroscopic species that will be carried to new destinations…

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UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency issues Ballast Water Management FAQs (July 2018)

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency (MCA) has published a document containing Frequently Asked Questions on the subject of Ballast Water Management. These address questions on a variety of current topics such as application of regulation to different types of ships, domestic or international, Survey and Certification Requirements, Ballast Water Exchange (BWE) requirements, Ballast Water Treatment Systems…

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