Advisory: Ballast water Management (ABS) 2019

(http://www.maritimeCyprus.com) The uncontrolled spread of nonindigenous species continues to be an important concern for the marine industry.Studies of the impacts of the spread of nonindigenous invasive species are frequently published. In response regulations mandating the treatment of ship’s ballast water have been promulgated. The ballast water treatment market and regulatory framework for compliance continues to…

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Ukraine revises its ballast water regulations and control in ports

(http://www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Ballast water sampling and analyzing in Ukrainian ports for “ecological control” has been an issue for some time. Under the new regulation inspections of segregated ballasts by ecological inspectorates in Ukrainian ports will be temporarily prohibited. Recent information from our correspondents comes as a ray of hope as far as compliance with ballast water regulation in…

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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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