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.


10/2/2018: 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.


9/19/2018: Final Rule – Ballast water management annual reporting requirement

The Coast Guard published a Final Rule eliminating the requirement for certain vessels that operate on voyages exclusively within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. The final rule is effective Oct. 1, 2018.


7/6/2018: Recap of Coast Guard remarks during Korea Maritime Week

Director of Inspections and Compliance for the U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Williams had the opportunity to address about 250 members of the international shipping community last month during Korea Maritime Week. This post provides a recap of her remarks made during the Ballast Water Management Forum for the benefit of our readers unable to attend.


6/20/2018: Posidonia 2018 – Ballast water management regulations, global trends in the 21st Century

In part three of our Posidonia series, we share a condensed version of Rear Adm. John Nadeau’s remarks given during a conference jointly sponsored by the American Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, North American Marine Environment Protection Association, and the International Propeller Club in Port of Piraeus. Nadeau talks further about ballast water management regulations, and then closes with a discussion on global trends and the impacts to the Marine Transportation System.


5/9/2018: Ballast water management – annual reporting requirement

The Coast Guard announced in a Federal Register notice that it is seeking public comment on a proposal to amend its regulations on ballast water management by eliminating the requirement for vessels operating on voyages exclusively between ports or places within a single Captain of the Port Zone to submit an Annual Ballast Water Summary Report for calendar year 2018. The deadline to submit comments is June 8, 2018.


3/20/2018: Recap of the 5th Session of the IMO Sub-Committee on Pollution, Prevention and Response

The 5th session of the International Maritime Organization’s Sub-Committee on Pollution, Prevention and Response was held at IMO Headquarters in London from February 5-9, 2018. This post provides a summary of the work completed by PPR 5 and its working groups on air quality, ballast water management, safety of pollution hazards of chemicals, and oil pollution, preparedness, response and co-operation.


12/1/2017: Ballast Water Series Part 5 – Contingency planning for ballast water management

In the final blog of our five-part series on U.S. ballast water requirements, Rear Adm. Nadeau discusses the importance of contingency planning and the ballast water management plan.


11/30/2017: Ballast Water Series Part 4 – The “plug and play” ballast water management system

Ballast water management is closely linked to the ability to load or discharge cargo in real time. In the fourth blog in our ballast water series, Rear Adm. Nadeau discusses why owners shouldn’t expect “plug and play” BWMSs, but instead should require the same level of diligence, analysis, and integration they would give to any other aspect of a cargo management system.


11/28/2017: Ballast Water Series Part 2 – The Coast Guard’s focus on compliance

This second blog in our five-part ballast water series provides more detail on the Coast Guard’s focus on ballast water management compliance.


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