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Standards for Ballast Water Discharge

The US Coast Guard proposes to amend its regulations on ballast water management by establishing standards for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships’ ballast water discharged in US waters. It also proposes to amend its regulations for approving engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems. These proposed regulations are intended to aid in controlling the introduction and spread of nonindigenous species from ships discharging ballast water in US waters. The ballast water discharge standards would be used to approve ballast water management systems that are at least as effective as ballast water exchange in preventing or reducing the introduction of nonindigenous species via discharged ballast water. The Coast Guard is proposing a two-phase rulemaking. The first phase would adopt the draft IMO standard for ballast water discharges. Phase two, to come into effect in 2016, would adopt a more stringent standard, modeled on standards that have been developed by several of the US states. A practicability review would be conducted to determine if the implementation date for phase two could be advanced or retarded, based on technological developments. 74 Fed. Reg. 44631 (August 28, 2009). The Coast Guard also issued a notice stating that it is seeking comments on the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) on these standards. 74 Fed. Reg. 44673 (August 28, 2009)


USCG Accepts BWTS as Alternate Management Systems

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the acceptance of nine ballast water treatment systems today as Alternate Management Systems (AMS) in compliance with the service’s March 2012 final rule for Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged (SLOSBWD) in U.S. waters. AMS acceptance by the Coast Guard is a temporary designation given to a ballast water treatment system approved by a foreign administration


STUDY: Ballast Water Measures Are Falling Short

Invisible passengers. When ships discharge their ballast water, microscopic plankton, crab larvae and other potentially  harmful species often spill out as well. (Credit: SERC)

Not Enough Ships Able to Flush Out Invasive Species Before They Reach Port, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Reports Invasive species have hitchhiked to the U.S. on cargo ships for centuries, but the method U.S. regulators most rely on to keep them out is not equally effective across coasts. Ecologists from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center have found that ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico are significantly less protected than ports on the West Coast


FastHex Method Solves Environmental Discharge Compliance Monitoring

The new FastHex Method, available from Turner Designs, allows oil companies to abandon Freon extraction methods for measuring oil and grease discharge into the world's oceans. The new Method, when combined with the TD-360 field instrument, solves a critical industry dilemma - eliminating Freon from the field laboratory methods used to measure oil and grease discharge to the ocean. Oil companies annually discharge more than 500,000 bbls of produced water into the Gulf of Mexico


U.S. Coast Guard Clarifies BWM Type Approval Process

Recently the Coast Guard has been responding to rumors that type approval of ballast water management systems (BWMS) that incorporate ultraviolet radiation (UV) as a disinfection process will not be possible under Coast Guard type approval requirements.   These rumors are not true. The Coast Guard has made no decision regarding the general acceptability of UV as a treatment process or the specific acceptability of any UV-based BWMS for purposes of type approval under the Coast Guard's


USCG Accepts Hyundai Heavy Ballast Water Treatment System

HiBallast Accepted as AMS by the United States Coast Guard

Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (HHI) announced that its electrolysis-based ballast water treatment system, HiBallast, was accepted as Alternative Management System (AMS) by the United States Coast Guard. This comes after the company won type approval from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2011. According to the Standards for Living Organisms in Ships' Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters, Final Rule


EPA Reminder, VGP NOI Requirement

On December 29, 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice stating that it had finalized the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Vessel General Permit (VGP) program. The VGP program regulates discharges into waters of the United States that are incidental to the normal operation of a vessel (otherwise known as “incidental discharges”). The program applies to incidental discharges of non-recreational vessels with a length of 79 feet or longer


US Shipbuilder Receives Environmental Awards

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) division receives HRSD gold awards. NNS received gold awards for meeting industrial waste water discharge limits mandated by Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) and for meeting HRSD's technical and administrative requirements. Gold awards were presented to local companies for perfect permit compliance in 2012 and NNS has earned recognition from the HRSD every year since the awards were first presented in 1994.


Coast Guard Proposes National Ballast Water Management Program

The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing mandating vessels equipped with ballast tanks take measures to prevent and control the spread of nonindigenous species in U.S. waters through ballast water discharges. Nonindigenous aquatic plant and animal species (NIS) are increasingly viewed as a global environmental problem with large and long-lasting ecological and economic impacts. Introduced into habitats where they are not native, NIS


Are the Ballast Water Stars Finally Aligning?

Ballast water was first recognized by the scientific community as a vector for transfer of potentially invasive marine species more than 30 years ago.  It took a number of years, and acceptance that zebra mussels had reached the Great Lakes in the ballast water of ships arriving from the Black Sea, before the maritime industry generally acknowledged that they were part of the problem.  Initially, high seas ballast water exchange was the only available means for removing potentially


LoBiondo Opens Hearing on Maritime Transport Regs

Frank LoBiondo visits USCG training center in Cape May, August 2013

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) chaired today’s Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Hearing on “Maritime Transportation Regulations: Impacts on Safety, Security, Jobs, and the Environment; Part II” in place of Subcommittee Chairman Duncan Hunter.


Regulatory Rant – Vessel General Permit

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The initial implementation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel  General Permit (VGP) is now theoretically astern of the marine industry, but unlike any other new regulatory effort, this one has numerous unintended consequences


New BWM Regs Cometh - Are you ready?

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The global market for BWT systems is predicted to grow to over $34 billion through 2020 in response to IMO and USCG-based ballast water discharge regulations (Frost and Sullivan, 2012). BWT systems are now manufactured by dozens of companies around the world


CSA Challenges Legality of USCG, EPA BWT Regimes

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Canadian Ship Owners Seek Fairness, Predictability and Harmonization of U.S. Ballast Water Discharges Regimes. The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) has formally sought a legal review in the United States of the implementation dates found in the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA)


CSA Seeks Solution to Impending U.S. BW Discharge Regulations

On December 19, 2013 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will implement its new Vessel General Permit (VGP), which the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) said will demand a technical solution that is currently unavailable to the marine industry.


Wärtsilä's Second BWMS Gets IMO Type Approval

EC Ballast Water Management System: Photo credit Wärtsilä

Wärtsilä say that their AQUARIUS®EC (Electro-Chlorination) Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) has been granted International Maritime Organization (IMO) Type Approval. The approval is in accordance with the requirements of the 2004 IMO Convention for the control and


Hyde Posts Record Delivery, Commissioning and Sales

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


North P&I Issues Oily Discharge Penalties Warning

The 170 million GT North P&I club has warned its members of the importance of being "above suspicion" when port authorities allege an oily water discharge due to the risk of multimillion dollar penalties. The warning comes in the latest issue of the club’s loss prevention


U.S. BWTS Regulations May Cost Canada Dearly: New Report

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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


USCG Approves DESMI Ocean Guard for All Salinities

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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


OceanSaver BWT Earns USCG and ISO Approval

OceanSaver has achieved a certification double, with the news that its Mark II Ballast Water Treatment (BWT) system has achieved U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approval, while the company itself has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification. Based in Drammen, Norway


Port of New Orleans: Varied Third 2013 Meeting Agenda

The port informs that its meeting no. 3 of fiscal year 2013-2014 is to be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m. in the main auditorium at 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, Louisiana. The order of the meeting is as follows: I. Determination of Quorum and Call to Order


The ABCs and 123s of the EPA’s VGP

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If you are following along and keeping a scorecard, then pay attention. Summer School is officially in session. The first iteration of the Vessel General Permit (VGP) expires on December 19, 2013. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a replacement VGP permit under its authority


Eliminating Waste Water Discharge

MARISCO, Hawaii’s largest private shipyard, was the proving ground for a new test eliminating waste water discharge.

A New Approach to CWA/NPDES Requirements Environmental professionals in industry are tasked with the unenviable responsibility of managing the delicate balance between compliance with ever-increasing and at times mind-numbingly complex and stringent regulations and maximization of production


California SLC Recommends Delay BWT Standards

The California State Lands Commission's (SLC) report '2013 Assessment of the Efficacy, Availability, and Environmental Impacts of Ballast Water Treatment Systems for Use in California Waters' concludes that no shipboard ballast water treatment systems are currently available to meet all of


 
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