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
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.
Debra DiCianna, Senior Compliance Engineer at Choice Ballast Solutions recently presented at INTERTANKO’s Annual Meeting on a Review of USCG Type Approved Ballast Systems. Photo L to R: Tim Wilkins, Environmental Director, INTERTANKO; Debra DiCianna; Capt. Jennifer F. Williams, Director, Inspections & Compliance, USCG Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship; and Joe Angelo, Directory Regulatory Affairs, INTERTANKO.
Due to industry requests, USCG shares complete Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) type approval certificates on USCG Environmental Homeport Ballast Water website. To view the certificates and supporting documentation for operational limitations for the Alfa Laval, Optimarin and Oceansaver BWMS go to : http://homeport.uscg.mil/ballastwater Scroll down to left sidebar for 'Type Approvals' link. Go to 'New Approved BWMS' and link on individual certificates to the right.