7/26/2017: Updated Ballast Water Management FAQs now available

New BWM frequently asked questions now available on Homeport. Topics covered include compliance, the type approval process, and working with Independent Laboratories.


6/21/2017: Marine Safety Center issues updated ballast water management system type approval certificate

The updated certificate was issued to Sunrui Environmental Engineering Co Ltd., for their BalClor Ballast Water Management System in order to clarify the hazardous location installation requirements onboard foreign flag vessels.


6/9/2017: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificates to Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering Co., Ltd.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the fourth U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Sunrui Marine Environment Engineering Co., Ltd. after a detailed review of the manufactures type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.


5/10/2017: Sixth application received for BWMS type approval

Marine Safety Center is reviewing the sixth application for BWMS type approval.


4/10/2017: Fifth application received for BWMS type approval

Marine Safety Center is reviewing the fifth application for BWMS type approval.


12/14/2015: Coast Guard decision on use of Most Probable Number method

Today, the Coast Guard informed four ultraviolet ballast water management system manufacturers that the Most Probable Number method is not considered as an equivalent alternative to the testing method prescribed in the Coast Guard’s regulations pertaining to the type-approval of ballast water systems.


12/9/2015: Ballast water type approval challenges for industry

Read the final post in our ballast water series providing you with an overview of industry challenges surrounding testing and type-approval of alternative components, system scaling, new system configurations and determining viability of organisms in ballast water.


12/8/2015: Ballast water type approval process

Read the fifth post in our ballast water series providing you with an overview of the two pathways for manufacturers and independent laboratories to obtain type-approval.


12/7/2015: Ballast water – Living vs. viable

Read the fourth post in our ballast water series that discusses the living vs. viable criteria in the standard.


12/4/2015: Ballast water – U.S. Regulations compared to International Convention

Read the third post in our ballast water series that compares the U.S. regulations with the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.


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