12/8/2017: New Marine Technical Note – Guidance on verification for Subchapter M towing vessels

MTN 1-17 identifies the process for requesting and documenting verification of compliance with design standards, and cancels MSC Bulletin 04-16.


11/29/2017: Ballast Water Series Part 3 – Coast Guard BWMS type approval program update

The third blog in our five-part ballast water series provides more information on the Coast Guard type approval program.


11/21/2017: Preview of upcoming ballast water series from assistant commandant for prevention

As promised during the 4th Annual BWMTechnology North America Conference in September, Maritime Commons will launch a new ballast water series November 27 from the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Rear Adm. John Nadeau. In the series, Nadeau will provide greater insight into many of the leading topics discussed during the conference. To give our readers a snapshot of the upcoming 5-part series, Maritime Commons is posting a summary of Coast Guard presentations and comments from the conference.


11/8/2017: Marine Safety Center website enhancements

This post provides an update from the Marine Safety Center on improvements to its website, www.dco.uscg.mil/msc.


11/3/2017: Marine Safety Center issues amended Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Optimarin AS

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center has issued an updated type approval certificate to Optimarin AS for the Optimarin OBS/OBS Ex Ballast Water Management System. The updated certificate was issued to authorize the OBS Ex model for installation in hazardous locations on U.S. vessels. A copy of the type approval certificate may be obtained by contacting the manufacturer.


11/3/2017: Coast Guard, class societies meet for 2nd annual summit on U.S. Flag State program

Rear Adm. John Nadeau and senior staff met with representatives from each of the Authorized Classification Societies (ACS) to share relevant experiences with the goal of continual improvement of the U.S. Flag State program.


10/18/2017: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A.

MSC issued the sixth U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to ERMA FIRST ESK Engineering Solutions S.A. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


10/18/2017: Marine Safety Center issues amended Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to TeamTec AS

Marine Safety Center has issued an updated type approval certificate to TeamTec OceanSaver AS for the OceanSaver BWTS MKII Ballast Water Management System. The updated certificate was issued as a result of the acquisition of all OceanSaver intellectual property, certificates and assets by IMS Group AS. TeamTec OceanSaver is a member of, and fully owned by, IMS group AS.


8/11/2017: Marine Safety Center issues update to Ecochlor’s ballast water management system type approval certificate

The certificate has been updated to reflect DNV-GL’s evaluation and recommendation that Ecochlor be approved for use with all filter models of the Filtersafe BS-series. Filtersafe Standard and Turbo BS-series filters may be used with no limitation to their associated treatment rated capacity.


8/10/2017: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificate to Ecochlor, Inc.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the fifth U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Ecochlor, Inc. after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


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