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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John P. Dooley of Choice Speaks at Green Ship Technology

John P. Dooley photographThe Green Ship Technology North America Conference will join with Shipping2030 to co-host experts from around the globe to speak on green ship design, green small ports and the new global environmental regulatory requirements for emission and ballast water treatment. John P. Dooley, President of Choice Ballast Solutions, is a featured speaker at the event and will present, Ballast Water Management System Installation: Integration Engineering vs Installation Engineering on November 15, 2017 in New York City. Dooley’s presentation will focus on key considerations to help shipowners navigate this period of
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Choice’s Senior Compliance Engineer Speaks at INTERTANKO Annual Meeting

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.
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Latest USCG Blog on Ballast Water Regulations and Compliance

Excerpts from remarks by Jeffrey Lantz, Director of Commercial Regulations and Standards, at CMA Shipping 2017 . . . when engineering and operational provisions are employed, we will consider extending the compliance date based on a good detailed installation plan. However, if it is not reasonable to install a type approved system, we want to see an analysis and strategy of how the owner/operator intends to achieve compliance at a future date before we consider granting an extension. To date, we’ve received over 13,600 requests for extensions, of which we’ve granted over 11,500 and
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Choice Ballast Solutions engages Debra DiCianna as Senior Compliance Engineer

Choice Ballast Solutions (Choice), a global provider of ballast water treatment planning, installation and compliance, is pleased to announce the hiring of Debra DiCianna as Senior Compliance Engineer. DiCianna’s career in the maritime industry spans over 25 years with extensive experience in the compliance and operational issues of shipowners and the design/performance of ballast water management systems.  In her role at Choice, DiCianna will be responsible for assisting clients, both shipowners and ballast water treatment manufacturers, in all matters concerning BWMS planning, installation and compliance. DiCianna is a delegate for the United States
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