MEPC 72 Update

By Debra DiCianna, Senior Compliance Engineer, Choice Ballast Solutions IMO don't sink paris sign during MEPC 72 meeting Last week at MEPC 72 was monumental due to the adoption of the Initial IMO Strategy on reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships. At the same time, the ballast water review group continued work on topics important to the type approval of ballast water management systems and implementation of the BWM Convention. At the meeting, the MEPC 72 adopted:
  • the draft amendments to regulations A-1 and D-3 of the BWM Convention to make the
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Debra DiCianna comments on USCG Updates with BWT Technology Magazine

Cover of Ballast Water treatment technology magazineReferring 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
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A closer look at NVIC 01-18 and BWMS compliance date extensions

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 BWMS that is expected to receive type approval in the near future.
The USCG stated that “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
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USCG publishes Ballast Water Management (BWM) NVIC 01-18

On 1 March 2018, RADM Nadeau signed Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) NVIC Ballast Water Management for Control of Non-Indigenous Species in Waters of the United States (NVIC 01‑18) replacing the 2004 NVIC.  The NVIC is updated guidance on all aspects of ballast water management (BWM) in US waters and provides information on interactions with the various Captains of the Port (COTP). The NVIC covers a wide range of BWM topics, of which the items below may be of particular interest:
  • Guidance on USCG Accepted Alternate Management Systems (AMS) use and failures:  The guidance differentiates between failures before a
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Policy Letter from USCG on BWMS Inoperability Falls Short for Shipowner

by Debra DiCianna, Senior Compliance Engineer
Recently, the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Commercial Vessels Safety published CG-CVC Policy Letter 18-02. This Policy Letter provides guidelines for inoperable ballast water management systems (BWMS) bound for U.S. ports. This is welcomed information from the USCG; however, it does not cover some of the long-term problems experienced by shipowners. While many BWMS manufacturers have responded quickly in making repairs and solving problems, some are more challenging to reach when the equipment breaks down. Choice has been working with shipowners to provide onboard assessment of BWMS equipment, installation arrangement and components and to identify
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US Coast Guard Issues Policy Letter on Inoperable BWMS

The USCG has issued guidelines for the courses of action for a vessel bound for a port in the US with an inoperable BWMS. This guidance will apply to all ships that either use a USCG approved BWMS or an AMS approved BWMS as well as Coast Guard personnel when evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel is detained. To read the Policy Letter in full click here.
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