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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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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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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Debra DiCianna to Speak at London Shipping Week’s Intertanko Meeting

On the opening day of London International Shipping week, INTERTANKO is hosting a lunchtime seminar at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright entitled: Ballast Water – life after entry into force.

INTERTANKO’s Environment Director, Tim Wilkins, will first of all provide a summary of how the entry into force of IMO’s BWM Convention will impact the tanker industry. Then, together with Debra DiCianna, Senior Compliance Engineer at Choice Ballast Solutions, they will also provide a review of current US type approved ballast water management systems

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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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