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Debra DiCianna comments on USCG Updates with BWT Technology Magazine

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 in her blog post that “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. The USCG will consider granting extensions to vessels that intend to install a BWMS that is expected to receive [USCG] type-approval in the near future. These requests should include specific documentation clearly indicating the system is expected to receive Coast Guard type-approval within 12 months of the vessel’s current compliance date. Documentation should include proof from the manufacturer or independent lab that shows they have applied for Coast Guard type-approval, proof of acquisition of the BWMS, and proof of arrangements for installation on a specific date not to exceed 12 months from the vessel’s current compliance date.”

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