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USCG Denies DESMI’s BWTS Test Appeal

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The U.S. Coast Guard has denied ballast water treatment systems manufacturer DESMI Ocean Guard’s appeal regarding the USCG’s initial decision to reject the use of the MPN test method in type approval testing of ballast water treatment systems.   Even though DESMI is considering all options, a test program for the RayClean system has already been launched in order to demonstrate compliance with the FDA test method accepted by the USCG.   On July 13, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) announced its final decision to reject the MPN method for the verification of the performance of Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS), meaning the already completed land based type approval testing of DESMI’s RayClean ballast water treatment system is not acceptable to the USCG, and must therefore be re-performed with the USCG accepted FDA method. The ongoing test program is taking place at DHI in Denmark and foreseen finalized in 2016.   DESMI Ocean Guard had in March 2015 submitted a Type Approval application to the USCG, where the MPN method had been used to verify the system performance. However, following an initial rejection of the MPN method by the USCG in December 2015 and appeals filed by several major manufacturers of UV based ballast water treatment systems in February 2016, USCG have now confirmed their rejection of the MPN method.  


USCG Implements Y2K Command Center

Essential Technologies, Rockville, Md., announced the USCG is using its Y2K Command Center software to manage Y2K data submitted to the USCG by marine industry businesses in accordance with USCG Y2K reporting requirements. This initiative is part of a nationwide USCG program designed to collect information about ships and port facilities, and evaluate their Y2K preparations and the potential risk of their operations during Y2K critical periods


USCG Aims to Make Commercial Fishing Safer

Aimed at making one of the nation's most hazardous industries safer, the USCG unveiled a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety (CFVS) Action Plan. This Action Plan was developed with extensive input from the Commercial Fishing Industry Vessel Advisory Committee (CFIVAC) and incorporated recommendations generated from the Advisory Committee and from a USCG Task Force, which investigated the tragic loss of five vessels and 11 lives, earlier in the year.


Vessel's Voyage Terminated

USCG law enforcement officers terminated the voyage of a vessel near Petersburg, after the officers found discrepancies with the vessel's survival equipment. A law enforcement team from USCG patrol boat, Anacapa, boarded F/V Yabut, near Petersburg to conduct a safety inspection. The USCG personnel found the vessel's survival suits didn't have the required flotation belts. A review of the vessel's records showed the same discrepancy was noted in February, during a courtesy inspection.


USCG Receives Motor Lifeboat

USCG Station Shinnecock, in Hampton Bays, N.Y., received a new state-of-the-art 47 ft. motor lifeboat (MLB), which will replace the 44-ft. MLB as part of the USCG's Office of Shore Activities MLB Replacement Project. Built by Textron Marine & Land Systems to USCG specifications, the 47 ft. MLB is capable of operating in 20-ft. breaking surf, 30-ft. open seas and 50-knot sustained wind speed. Similar to the 44-ft. MLB, the 47-ft


Two Foreign Vessels Deemed Unsafe by USCG

Two foreign freight vessels remain moored in Dutch Harbor until numerous Safety of Life At Sea (SOLAS) discrepancies are corrected to meet USCG inspectors' requirements. The vessels are identified as No. 1 Pohah, a 377-ft. Panamanian freight ship and M/V Dhara, a 217-ft. Korean freight ship. According to USCG Marine Science Technician First Class Harry Chichester, a Boarding Officer assigned to the Marine Safety Detachment in Unalaska


Interagency Task Force on USCG Roles and Missions

By an Executive Order, President Clinton formally established an Interagency Task Force to review the roles and missions of the USCG through the year 2020. The impetus for the task force was the USCG's request for substantial federal investment to replace the agency's aging deepwater vessel and aircraft assets with new cutters, aircraft, sensor infrastructure, and an integrated command, control, and communications capability.


Legal Matters

Massachusetts Modifies Application for No-Discharge Zone The Executive Office of Environmental Affairs (EOEA) for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has modified the scope of an application for the designation of a "no-discharge zone." In 1998, the EOEA submitted a proposal to the EPA for a "no-discharge" designation encompassing all coastal waters within the jurisdiction of the state. In 1999, the application was withdrawn due to the substantial costs associated with providing the requisite


USCG – Coordination of e-NOA/D with SLSDC

The USCG National Vessel Movement Center (NVMC) issued a news item stating that it is working with the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) to include their “at least 96 hours prior to westbound entry of the Saint Lawrence Seaway (SLS) at C.I.P. 2” notification into the USCG electronic Notice of Arrival and Departure (e-NOA/D) system. It is anticipated that this coordinated notification system will be implemented prior to the start of the 2008 SLS navigation season.


Keys to Controlling Consequences in the Wake of a Marine Casualty

In the June issue of Marine News, we outlined the advantages of adding MOPS License Insurance protection to your deck and engineering officers' employee benefit package to help not only recruit but retain your key personnel in this very competitive employee environment. We pointed out that MARAD studies starkly declare that there are not enough qualified license mariners to meet the industry's needs and that 88% of respondents to a recent MARAD survey reported that licensed officer retention


SAFE Boats Names Willis VP of Program Management

Janice Willis (Photo: SAFE Boats International)

SAFE Boats International has promoted Janice Willis to the position of Vice President Program Management.   Willis joined SAFE Boats in December 2010 as a member of the Business Development team, and in 2014 became the Director of Program Management


Another New Ferry for NYC

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Plans are in motion to procure another newly built ferry for New York City.   A city-run organization in charge of running New York’s Governors Island said it is seeking bids for the design and construction of a new passenger-only ferry for its service between the island and Manhattan


USCG Recognizes Houston Pilots

Photo: Houston Pilots

RADM David Callahan for the US Coast Guard (USCG) 8th District presented Meritorious Public Service Awards to two Houston Pilots - Captains Michael McGee and Michael Phiilips - for their bravery last September aboard the crippled and burning tanker AFRAMAX RIVER.   


ABS Group Awarded USCG Blanket Purchase Agreement

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has awarded a follow-on $9 million Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to ABSG Consulting Inc., an ABS Group company (ABS Group).   ABS Group will provide a range of Human Systems Integration (HSI) support to the USCG's Human Systems Integration Office (CG-1B3)


Delta ‘T’ Systems Expands Production

Photo: Delta “T” Systems

Marine ventilation systems company Delta “T” Systems said it has reconfigured its two 15,000 sq. ft. manufacturing spaces and added tooling and related equipment. The change accommodates the timely construction of the company's new USCG approved A60 Slimline Fire Damper and streamlines


OPC: Making Naval History

Winning Design: an early drawing of the USCG-select Vard 7 110 from Vard Marine and an updated version from the U.S. Coast Guard. (Image: Vard Holdings)

In September, 2016, an U.S. shipyard and the Canadian design business of an Italian-owned Norwegian shipyard won the largest vessel procurement contract in U.S. Coast Guard history. Now, Eastern Shipbuilding will build nine — and possibly many more — Vard Marine designs in its Panama


EverTUFF CTS CPVC Hot & Cold Water Distribution System

Photo: Spears Manufacturing Company

Spears Manufacturing Company awarded U.S. Coast Guard approval   The Spears EverTUFF CTS CPVC Hot & Cold Water Distribution System is now U.S. Coast Guard approved for use in marine applications. The EverTUFF system combines the durable lightweight and corrosion resistant properties of


Bill Gallagher Focuses on BWM, Qualship 21

Bill Gallagher. Photo: International Registries, Inc.

 Bill Gallagher, President, International Registries, Inc.(IRI)  shares his thoughts on the continuing growth of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Registry, the challenges of ballast water management regulations and the importance of Qualship 21.  


EverTUFF CPVC Schedule 40 & 80 Pipe and Fittings

Photo: Spears Manufacturing Company

Spears Manufacturing Company awarded U.S. Coast Guard approval   Spears EverTUFF CPVC Schedule 40 & 80 Pipe and Fittings are now U.S. Coast Guard approved for use in marine applications. The USCG approval allows Spears quality CPVC schedule 40 & 80 products for use in pressure


Eastern Selects MAN Engines for OPC

The MAN V2833D STC engine, here pictured in its 20-cylinder configuration. Photo MAN

The US Coast Guard will have MAN’s 28/33D STC engines installed as the main propulsion for its new Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) programme. The programme is the replacement platform for the 13 ‘Famous’ class and 14 ‘Reliance’ class cutter vessels


NIL Supplies GenSet for FDNY Fireboat

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A marine power generation and climate control products manufacturer Northern Lights, Inc. (NLI) has  announced  completion of a 235kW Commercial Series generator set for the Fire Department of New York.   The unit – M235C13


USCG Approves Global Maritime as TPO for Subchapter M Services

Global Maritime Consultancy & Engineering, a provider of offshore marine warranty, dynamic positioning and engineering services, has been approved by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to provide Subchapter M compliance services as a Third Party Organization (TPO).  


NYK PCTC Rescues Sailors off Bermuda Coast

Photo NYK

Hercules Leader, a pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) operated by NYK, rescued six yachtsmen in distress off the coast of Bermuda on January 19.   While Hercules Leader was sailing from the U.S. port of Jacksonville to Gibraltar, a British colony south of Spain


USCG approval triggers Alfa Laval PureBallast retrofit orders

Photo Alfa Laval

As a direct consequence of its type approval by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Alfa Laval PureBallast 3.1 has been selected for ballast water treatment on vessels owned by STAMCO Ship Management. The agreement is expected to generate orders worth around EUR 2.2 million to be booked during Q1 2017


USCG-approved Optimarin Sees Order Influx

Image: Optimarin

Optimarin has signed a new agreement with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. for the delivery of two 500 m³/h capacity Optimarin Ballast Systems (OBS). The contract, identical to one secured last year, comes at a busy time for the Norwegian ballast water treatment (BWT)






 
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