Captain Jennifer F. Williams, Director of Inspections and Compliance for the U.S. Coast Guard, address about 250 members of the international shipping community last month during Korea Maritime Week. Williams presentation was part of a three-part Ballast Water Forum session titled “Challenges and tasks for the smooth implementation of the Ballast Water Convention.” Williams’s remarks centered […]
The UK has not yet ratified the Convention but is currently drafting the legislation that will allow compliance to the Convention to take place. An FAQ was released 11 July 2018 that includes: What ships must comply to the Convention Survey and Certification requirements Can ballast water exchange be done in UK waters D2 implementation […]
A communication has been sent to the IMO from the Regional Activity Centre/Regional Marine Pollution Emergency, Information and Training Centre – Wider Caribbean Region which include: Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, […]
“The Coast Guard is increasing its focus on enforcement and compliance,” stated Rear Adm. John Nadeau. “. . . we are actively enforcing the requirement. Every domestic and Port State Control exam assesses compliance, and failure of the exam may result in penalties. Marine inspectors will verify crew knowledge of the equipment, examine the condition […]
Rear Adm. John Nadeau, assistant commandant for prevention policy, speaks about the role of the regulator in the context of ballast water management regulations. In 2017, Port State Control examiners documented 220 ballast water management deficiencies. Most were related to incomplete record keeping, lack of a sufficient ballast water management plan, or discharge of untreated ballast […]
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted down the Coast Guard reauthorization bill that contained a provision exempting ships’ ballast water from Clean Water Act regulations. Read the entire article at the Duluth News Tribune.
Intertanko has published a guide to contingency options when ballast water treatment is not an option. The 19-page guide, Ballast Water Contingency Measures for Tankers, is now available to the public. Download guide here.
Referring to a revised Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, NVIC 01-18, that replaces one issued in 2004, Paul Gunton, Editor of the Ballast Water Treatment Technology magazine writes, “Ms DiCianna explained that one of the circular’s main implications is that compliance extensions for ballast water management systems (BWMSs) require additional documentation.” He added that Debra commented […]
On March 7, The USCG posted further insight on NVIC 01-18. The main points emphasized: No extensions will be granted to a vessel with an installed alternate management system (AMS) and no extensions will be granted to install an AMS. However, the Coast Guard will consider granting extensions to vessels that intend to install a […]