12/23/2016: Marine Safety Center issues Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificates to Alfa Laval, OceanSaver AS

Today, the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the second U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Swedish manufacturer Alfa Laval Tumba AB, and third Certificate to Norwegian manufacturer OceanSaver AS after a detailed review of each manufacturers type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.

The Alfa Laval PureBallast 3 system incorporates four ultraviolet reactor sizes: 170, 300, 600, 1000. The reactors can be arranged either individually or in parallel to achieve treatment capacities ranging from 85m3/h to 3000m3/h. This initial approval only covers those systems which use the tested UV reactor sizes of 300 and 1000. Future approval of the 170 and 600 reactors is dependent on Coast Guard approval of the UV reactor scaling studies, which are currently under review by the Marine Safety Center.

The OceanSaver BWTS MKII incorporates an electro-chlorination, or electrodialysis, process to achieve treatment capacities ranging from 200m3/h to 7200m3/h.

A copy of the type approval certificates may be obtained by contacting the respective manufacturer.

Concurrent with the first BWMS type-approval certificate, the Coast Guard released Marine Safety Information Bulletin 14-16 which provides answers to frequently asked questions concerning the extension program, vessel compliance dates, and use of Alternate Management Systems (AMS).

The Coast Guard’s ballast water portal provides information on BWM compliance date extensions. The site also provides access to regulations, policy letters, informational bulletins, and extension application status to help the maritime industry comply with the BWM requirements.

Please send questions not answered on Homeport regarding the Coast Guard’s BWM extension program and requests for compliance extension to: environmental_standards@uscg.mil.

For more information on the Coast Guard’s ballast water program, please view previous blog posts on Maritime Commons.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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