Carnival Cruise Line Choses Choice Ballast Solutions to Develop BWM & Biofouling Plans for their Fleet

“Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice) is developing Ballast Water Management Plans (BWMPs) and Biofouling Management Plans for the entire Carnival Fleet – 24 cruise ships – including the new MARDI GRAS.  Over 20 BWMPs have been provided at this time.  The Choice BWMP template is streamlined and clearly specifies the requirements, addresses any BWMS special issues […]

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 […]

Choice Ballast Solutions Joins NETSCo to Complete 3D Scan on the “Mantaro”

Choice Ballast Solutions and sister company, NETSCo completed a 3D scan and survey of the “Mantaro” in Lima, Peru in preparation of a ballast water management system (BWMS) retrofit. Choice uses sophisticated computerized modeling software to build a fully interactive 3D model of the vessel that is used to develop conceptual designs to aid in […]

Choice Ballast Solution Finalizes 3D Scan and Survey of the “Mar Pacifico”

Paul Mueller, Choice Ballast Solution (Choice) Service Manager is shown in the engine room finalizing the 3D scan and survey of the Mar Pacifico in preparation for the Desmi Ocean Guard A/S CompactClean ballast water management system (BWMS) retrofit. This 3D modeling project will demonstrate how the CompactClean system, and associated filters and piping, will […]

Proposed standards for vessel incidental discharges

Senior compliance engineer Debra DiCianna discusses the EPA’s proposed performance standards for vessel incidental discharges in an OpEd posted on the Riviera Maritime Media website. “On 26 October 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published proposed performance standards for vessel incidental discharges. The proposed rulemaking was the first step in moving from the Vessel […]

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: […]

Debra DiCianna to Speak at BWMTech Global

On 7 December 2020, Debra DiCianna will speak at BWMTech Global. This virtual event organized by Maritime Informa Connect is highlighted as, “the world’s leading ballast water management conference helping you to achieve operational efficiency and continued compliance.” Ms. DiCianna’s presentation is, Understanding the EPA Proposed Performance Standards. To register, go to

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 […]

USCG Type Approval Updates

The USCG has issued its 34th Ballast Water Management System Type Approval to the Kuraray Microfade II BWTS. The treatment principle of the Kuraray MICROFADE II Ballast Water Treatment System consists of filtration with chemical injection treatment at uptake and neutralization during discharge. This approval covers six models with maximum treatment rated capacities between 250 m3/h and 2,000 […]

Ballast water treatment for OSVs: alternatives to onboard systems

Craig Jallal, Editor at Riviera Maritime Media asks the question, “Do OSVs [offshore vessels] require ballast water treatment systems?” Jallal answers this question in a recently published article for OSV magazine: “It is a frequently asked question, especially where the vessel only operates in the same area. While offshore vessels are unlikely to discharge as […]

U.S. Lake Carriers Association Petitions FMC to Investigate Canada’s BWM Regulations

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) has voted to investigate a complaint from the Lake Carriers Association (LCA) that claims the proposed Transport Canada (an agency of the Government of Canada) ballast water regulations will discriminate against US flag vessel operators. In the petition, LCA alleges that Transport Canada has proposed regulations that would require their […]

USCG Expands BWM Reporting Requirements for Tankers Over 100 GT

The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  The Coast Guard proposed to expand its regulations on vessel financial responsibility to apply to all tank vessels great than 100 gross tons and to make other amendments that clarify and update reporting requirements, reflect current practice and remove unnecessary regulations. The proposed rule […]

3 BWMS Manufactures Issued USCG Type Approval Certificates in May 2020

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has recently issued a Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) Type Approval Certificate to Miura Co., Ltd, Techcross, and Semb-Eco Pte, Ltd. Miura Co., Ltd., HK-(E)R Treatment technology: Filtration/Ultraviolet USCG Type Approval Certificate Country: Japan Techcross, ECS-HYCHLOR Treatment technology: Filtration/Electrochlorination USCG Type Approval Certificate Country: Korea Semb-Eco Pte Ltd., LUV […]

Debra DiCianna Offers Insight to Shipowners on BWMS Alternatives at Riviera Webinar Week

Debra DiCianna, senior compliance engineer at Choice Ballast Solutions was part of an expert panel along with Kevin J Reynolds, Glostens’ director of research & development at the Riviera Maritime Media Ballast Water Webinar Week. The webinar was titled, Alternatives to shipboard ballast water treatment systems. Ms DiCianna discussed two subjects on the topic. The […]

AMS Ballast Water Management System Extensions are Expiring

“The end of US Coast Guard’s Alternate Management System (AMS) program for ballast water discharges means owners whose systems are not USCG Type Approved should seek an extension or risk losing the ability to trade in US waters.” “Extensions to the AMS acceptance period, reviewed on a case-by-case basis, could give shipowners permission to continue […]

Choice Ballast Solution Announces Restructuring

Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a sister company of Northeast Technical Services Co., Inc (NETSCo), is excited to announce a company-wide restructuring to more accurately reflect the relationship between the two companies and better serve the maritime industry. In 2013, Choice was formed with the singular focus of bringing superior project management and compliance consulting to […]

USCG Provides Guidance on the BWMS Type Approval Process

  Currently, 58 Makers have submitted a Letter of Intent, with 30 applications in process and 21 have been issued Type Approval Certificates. “There is no set timeline for issuing a type approval certificate,” Baldassini reminded conference attendees. “The type approval timeline begins once MSC receives a complete application, as defined in the regulations, and […]

USCG Policy Letter on Nonviable Organism Testing

On July 31, 2019, the USCG published the long-awaited draft policy paper on Acceptance of Type Approval Testing Protocols for Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) that Render Organisms in Ballast Water Nonviable. The policy paper describes the standard and the process for acceptance and use of new protocols. The “Instructions for Submitting Testing Protocols” outlines […]

Insightful Case Study about a Tanker Ballast Water Management System Retrofit

In early 2019, Scorpio Tankers chose Choice Ballast Solution to assist as the integration engineering firm for 55 planned ballast water management system retrofits, scheduled to take place over the next five years Recently, Ballast Water Treatment Technology’s annual guide published a case study of the BWMS installation on board Scorpio Tanker’s sister ships STI […]

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Kathie Clark
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