USCG updates Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program (March 2017)

This update was issued in response to hundreds of extension requests and dozens of questions received by the Coast Guard, which indicate a widespread misunderstanding of the previously issued guidance, and an associated need for additional clarity and certainty for all stakeholders.The Coast Guard has issued this latest update (March 2017) for the procedures for…

DNVGL: Ballast Water Management – How to comply with the IMO Convention

With the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention on 8 September 2016, the convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017. With only some months to go, this Technical & Regulatory News from DNVGL, is intended as a supporting document for the BWM implementation phase, focusing on compliance. Click on below image to download full…

US Coast Guard – Ballast Water Management – Beyond Type Approval

Since September of last year, when the implementation date of the International Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention became clear, all eyes have been focused on the U.S. Type Approval Process.  Ship owners and operators have been concerned, in particular, with the differences between the between the U.S. and International Type approval processes and the potential…

Entry into force of Ballast Water convention on 8 Sept. 2017

Introduction The International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments, originally adopted in 2004, has now achieved the required number of signatories and will enter into force on September 8 2017. The convention is expected to have a significant impact on ships engaged in international trade,…

Cyprus Flag Administration guide for BWM Convention entering into force on 8th September 2017.

The Cyprus Department of Merchant Shipping (DMS) has issued a circular to owners, operators and managers of Cyprus-flagged ships regarding Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention will enter into force on 8th September 2017. From the DMS relevant circular number 1/2017: 1. The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ship’s Ballast Water and Sediments 2004…

Alfa Laval and OceanSaver AS win Type Approval for their Ballast Water Management System from USCG

Last Friday 23.12.2016, the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the second U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Swedish manufacturer Alfa Laval Tumba AB, and third Certificate to Norwegian manufacturer OceanSaver AS after a detailed review of each manufacturers type approval application determined the system met the requirements of…

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…