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.


8/17/2018: Liquefied Gas Carrier NCOE delivers training to Cheniere, Sector Corpus Christi

The Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise gives LNG training to Cheniere’s LNG PICs and local Coast Guardsmen in Corpus Christi.


7/5/2018: Congratulations to the latest E-Zero designees

In an effort to better recognize those companies, operators, and vessels that have earned the E-Zero designation on their QUALSHIP 21 certificate, Maritime Commons will periodically publish the names of the latest vessels to earn the E-Zero designation.


6/22/2018: Notice of Policy Implementing the 2016 Amendments to STCW in Support of the Polar Code

This policy provides guidance for the issuance of Merchant Mariner Credential endorsements in accordance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978, as amended, for Basic and Advanced Polar Code Operations. This policy is effective June 22, 2018, but the Coast Guard requests public comments on it.


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