11/6/2018: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the 12th U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Qingdao Headway Technology Co., Ltd., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


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.


5/24/2018: Latest updates to Marine Safety Center’s ballast water management system website

The Marine Safety Center recently updated two tools posted to its ballast water management system website to assist industry when completing the ballast water management system type approval process, or when accessing letters of intent.


5/7/2018: Updated FAQS – ballast water management system type approvals

FAQs updated as of April 24, 2018.


4/4/2018: Marine Safety Center receives two applications for ballast water management system type approval

The Marine Safety Center received its 11th and 12th applications, for the BallastAce system, manufactured by JFE Engineering Corporation, and the GloEn-Patrol system, manufactured by Panasia Co., Ltd, respectively.