A new international convention to prevent the potentially devastating effects of the spread of harmful aquatic organisms carried by ships' ballast water has been adopted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution from ships. The instrument was adopted at an international conference held from 9 to13 February 2004 at IMO's London Headquarters. The Convention will require all ships to implement a Ballast Water and Sediments Management Plan. All ships will have to carry a Ballast Water Record Book and will be required to carry out ballast water management procedures to a given standard. Existing ships will be required to do the same, but after a phase-in period. Parties to the Convention are given the option to take additional measures which are subject to criteria set out in the Convention and to IMO guidelines yet to be developed. IMO Secretary-General Mr. Efthimios E. Mitropoulos congratulated Member Governments on the successful outcome of the conference. "With the adoption of this Convention, the Organization has made global provisions to control and manage ships' ballast water and thus prevent, minimize and ultimately eliminate the transfer of
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today voted unanimously to approve the “Ballast Water Management Act of 2005” (S. 363), introduced by Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) and co-sponsored by Senators Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Paul Sarbanes (D-Maryland), and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii). The legislation would amend the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 to establish
In response to the growing trend of state laws regulating ballast water discharges from ships, U.S. ports plan to develop a legislative proposal that would: 1) establish a strong Federal ballast water management program; and, 2) preempt state legislation in this area. During the Monday, October 16, meeting of AAPA's U.S. Legislative Policy Council (USLPC) representing the Association's 84 U.S. port members, Chairman of the Board J
The U.S. Coast Guard seeks consultation with interested and affected parties in establishing a program to approve ballast water treatment systems. The intent is to ensure that ballast water treatment systems approved for use on vessels will meet the ballast water discharge standard the Coast Guard will be implementing in the near future. Comments and related material should be submitted by December 3, 2004. 69 Fed. Reg. 47453 (August 5, 2004).
PureBallast, Alfa Laval’s chemical-free system for ballast water treatment, has now received full Ballast Water Type Approval from DNV on behalf of Norwegian authorities. The certification, which was issued on June 27th, confirms that PureBallast complies in full with pending ballast water treatment legislation from the International Maritime Organization (IMO). Alfa Laval’s PureBallast system, which has been purchased for installation aboard more then 25 vessels since its launch
The BallastMaster ultraV developed by GEA Westfalia Separator Group for treating ballast water has been awarded the "Alternate Management System" (AMS) certificate. The approval was awarded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on November 11, 2013 and is considered to be the standard for the international recognition and selection of suppliers of ballast water processing installations. The AMS certificate is considered by the USCG to be a transitional measure until the type
iAfrica reported that South Africa will ratify an international maritime convention aimed at stopping ships illegally discharging their ballast water while in local waters. The government communications head said the meeting agreed to ratify the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ballast water and Sediment. Ballast water is used in many cargo ships to maintain correct trim when the vessel is not fully laden.
Ratification of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention is widely anticipated within the next 12 months. As a consequence, ship owners are evaluating as a matter of some urgency which ballast water treatment technology is best suited to both their existing and new ships. Recognizing that no one solution will be suitable across all ship types, sizes and environmental conditions, Hamworthy’s dedicated ballast water research and development team has developed two different
Installation or use of an USCG accepted Alternative Management Systems (AMS) does not waive a vessel's requirement to meet the California Code of Regulations ballast discharge performance standards. In accordance with the California Public Resource Code and California Code of Regulations, vessels may manage ballast water using an alternative, environmentally sound method approved by the California State Lands Commission or the USCG as being at least as effective as ballast water exchange
BIMCO & Fathom have joined forces to provide comprehensive information on ballast water treatment, to help shipowners make wise decisions in advance of new Ballast Water Management Regulations which are likely to be implemented in 2014. The publishers explain that the Guide will give shipowners and operators full understanding of how ballast water management regulations and options affect their operations. It will provide full insight
Intertanko welcomes the agreement reached this week by the IMO’s Member States in revising the implementation schedule for the Ballast Water Management Convention and urges all Governments to adhere to this new schedule. The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO)
IS Seacos Asia, a wholly owned subsidiary of INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG, Germany, welcomed 60 representatives of 30 companies from 5 different countries at their recent Singapore User Conference, where amongst others, StowMan[s] software was demonstrated.
The BallastMaster ultraV developed by GEA Westfalia Separator for ballast water treatment has been awarded the "Alternate Management System" (AMS) certificate. The approval was awarded by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) on November 11, 2013
The U.S. Patent Office has awarded Siemens Water Technologies a patent for a system and method to control biofouling of filters used as a first stage of treating ballast water in its SeaCURETM Ballast Water Management System. The patent, entitled “Method and System for Biofouling Control
On October 11, 2013, DESMI Ocean Guard’s ballast water treatment system OxyClean was granted U.S. Coast Guard AMS acceptance. The AMS acceptance covers all salinities ranging from freshwater to marine water. This is the first time the USCG has released an AMS acceptance that covers all
A new formal group of organizations involved in testing for the certification of ballast water treatment systems has been set up, known as the “GloBal TestNet,” to facilitate increased standardization and harmonization of test procedures and information exchange.
With an eye on the growing Intra-Asian trade routes Germanischer Lloyd (GL) developed a novel container vessel design concept: the C-Dragon. C-Dragon measures 211.9m in length between perpendiculars and 37.3m wide, with a loading capacity of 3,736 TEU
A report released by the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) has found that American regulations to require the installation of ballast water treatment equipment on Canadian domestic vessels beginning in 2014 will cost the Canadian economy 1.1 billion dollars over the next five years
The Danish company Bawat A / S has developed an in- tank system to treat ballast water on ships where the treatment is conducted while the ship is under way, unlike the existing in-line systems where processing is carried out when the ship is in port.
Upcoming environmental regulations will affect existing vessels, and as a consequence there is a growing demand for exhaust gas cleaning and ballast water treatment systems. Retrofitting both scrubbers and ballast water management systems is – or will soon be – required for many
Hyde Marine, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation (CCC), announced it has delivered more than 200 Hyde GUARDIAN Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) Systems and commissioned more than 100 for operation on a variety of vessels around the world, based on sales of more than 275 units
Wärtsilä has been granted Alternate Management System (AMS) acceptance for its AQUARIUS UV Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) by the United States Coastguard (USCG). This allows all U.S. and foreign flag ships fitted with the Wärtsilä AQUARIUS UV BWMS to operate in U.S
Just two months remain until the inauguration of the Alfa Laval Test & Training Center on January 15, 2014. Originally conceived for the development of PureSOX and other emission control technologies, it has grown to incorporate far more than just exhaust systems
A model of the hi-tech WSD 1000 MPSV, a multi-purpose offshore supply vessel with a unique fuel-efficient design, proven hull lines & an integrated equipment package from Wärtsilä, will be on display at the upcoming Expo. In addition to this and other exhibits
Hyde Marine, Inc. has introduced the Hyde GUARDIAN Gold™ Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS), which they claim offers the smallest footprint of any BWTS in the maritime industry. The IMO Type-approved Hyde GUARDIAN Gold provides a 50 percent reduction in footprint with its new filter