10/17/2018: U.S. Ballast Water Management Requirements: Operational limitations in type approval testing

This post provides information on a letter recently sent to the Coast Guard accepted independent laboratories providing guidance for evaluating manufacturer-identified operational limitations during type approval testing of ballast water management systems. The letter clarifies the responsibilities of the BWMS manufacturer, the Coast Guard accepted IL, and the Coast Guard, with regard to evaluating and assessing operational limitations of BWMS.


10/11/2018: Coast Guard announces new Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

Today in the Coast Guard’s 8th District we announced the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which outlines the Commandant’s long term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the United States. In this post, Rear Adm. John Nadeau offers a few comments regarding the outlook and its three major lines of effort.


10/11/2018: Ballast Water Management & Technology North America conference – Recap of presentation on extensions, type approval and next steps

Continuing our coverage of September’s Ballast Water Management and Technology North America conference, staff from the Office of Operating and Environmental Standards and the Marine Safety Center gave conference attendees an update on various aspects of the Coast Guard’s ballast water program. This post recaps those presentations for the benefit of our readers who were unable to attend.


10/9/2018: Marine Safety Center receives 18th application for BWMS type approval

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center received its 18th application for Ballast Water Management System type approval for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Plus Ballast Water Management System manufactured by NKBMS Co. Ltd.


10/2/2018: Ballast Water Management & Technology North America conference – Recap of presentation “Walking the Walk” on enforcement and compliance

Staff from the offices of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Operating and Environmental Standards, and the Marine Safety Center presented on various aspects of the Coast Guard’s ballast water management program before an audience of over 140 maritime industry professionals at the Ballast Water Technology North America conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sept. 25-27, 2018. In this post, we summarize a presentation by Cdr. Alan Moore, with the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, on Coast Guard ballast water management regulations, how to achieve compliance, and enforcement aspects.


10/1/2018: Remembering El Faro

Today, we mark the somber anniversary of the sinking of the SS El Faro and the loss of the 33 men and women on board on October 1, 2015. It is appropriate to pause and reflect on this tragic and preventable accident, and challenge ourselves to ensure we are all taking action needed to prevent future casualties.


9/20/2018: Recap of recent National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee meeting

Representatives from the Coast Guard, offshore oil and gas industries, recognized organizations and numerous industry associations attended the National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee semi-annual public meeting in Houston, Texas Sept 11, 2018. This post provides a brief recap of the presentations and discussions on the progress of a variety of issues, including reports and recommendations stemming from the deliberations.


9/5/2018: Marine Safety Center receives 17th application for BWMS type approval

The application is for the NK-O3 BlueBallast II Ballast Water Management System manufactured by NKBMS Co. Ltd.


8/30/2018: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Wartsila Water Systems, Ltd.

The treatment principle of the Wartsila Aquarius EC BWMS consists of filtration with electrolysis during uptake and neutralization at discharge. This approval covers models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 250 m3/h and 4,000 m3/h.


8/21/2018: “Onboard BW Management System” – Do you know which option to select on NBIC’s Ballast Water Management Report?

With few exceptions, U.S. and foreign flag vessels equipped with ballast tanks and which are bound for ports or places of the U.S. must submit a Ballast Water Management Report to the National Ballast Information Clearinghouse, in most cases up to six hours after arrival. As part of the report, vessel owners/operators using an installed ballast water management system make an entry in the “Onboard BW Management System” block on the form indicating the management system currently in use. This post provides information for vessel owners/operators regarding BWMS reporting requirements using the NBIC form.


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