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…

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…

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…

USA relaxes Shipping sanctions on Cuba

With effect from 17 October 2016, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) have further relaxed sanctions in respect of Cuba. Of particular note and interest to the shipping industry are amendments to the USCG “180 day rule” pursuant to which, until…