Ballast Water in the News

Summary of MEPC 77

Tackling climate change with a focus on the ever-challenging GHG emissions from ships was the focus of MEPC 77. Recognizing that the Committee needed to strengthen the existing initiative on the ‘IMO Strategy on Reduction of GHG emissions from ships’ they invited Member States and International Organizations to send revised strategies for consideration at MEPC […]


California State Lands Commission will be hosting two webinars

California State Lands Commission adopts federal ballast water discharge standards and is hosting two webinars about changes in the regulations that will become effective on January 1, 2022. See below for dates and description of the webinars. November 18, 2021, 10-11:00 a.m. Provide information about the new requirements. December 16, 2021, 10-11:00 a.m. Provide further […]


BEMA Releases Position Statement on BWMS Operation in Ports with Challenging Water Quality

The Ballastwater Equipment Manufacturers’ Association (BEMA) has prepared a Position Statement to “…present technical information and considerations from the treatment system manufacturer and system component supplier perspectives.” “BEMA and its Members are keen to ensure that BWMS installed on ships trading worldwide are installed correctly, and operate reliably and safely. BWMS equipment will deliver compliant […]


Clean Shipping International Magazine Interviews Leading BWMS Experts

In an article, “Act Now or Face the Consequences” Clean Shipping International talked to several leading ballast water management system (BWMS) players to hear their views on testing, the G8 rules and the forthcoming IMO meetings. Debra DiCianna, Senior Compliance Engineer, explained the role of G8 and the additional testing soon to be required at […]


Intertanko Released Survey Results on Challenging Ports for BWMS

INTERTANKO (the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners) initiated a survey covering occurrences from 1 July 2019 to 5 April 2021 identifying port waters that challenged the efficacy of a ship’s ballast water management system (BWMS). Of the 91 reports received from their members, 59 ports were identified with water conditions that can affect the […]


BWM Compliance is Complicated in the Great Lakes

The latest Great Lakes / Seaway Review article concerning the inconsistency in environmental regulations in the Great Lakes was co-written by Debra DiCianna, Senior Compliance Engineer, Choice Ballast Solutions and Richard Mueller, President/CEO of NETSCo, Inc. with a focus on the expanded requirements in both the U.S. and Canada regarding ballast water management regulations. Excerpt: […]


VIDA Proposal and Comment Period

Excerpts from (10/6/20) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed standards to reduce the environmental impact of discharges, such as ballast water, that are incidental to the normal operation of commercial vessels. When finalized, this new rule will streamline the current patchwork of federal, state, and local requirements that apply to the commercial vessel [...]


Understanding the BWMS Code

The BWMS Code has specific requirements for BWMS testing, test reporting, type approval certificates, and control and monitoring. All BWMS installed onboard ships on or after 28 October 2020 will need to be approved in accordance with the BWMS Code (IMO Resolution MEPC.300(72).  The BWMS Code revokes the existing 2016 Guidelines (MEPC.279(70)) and previous guidelines […]


Kathie Clark
Director of Global Communications

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