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 (U.S.) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and serves on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Ballast Water Tech Panel. During her tenure with the U.S. EPA, DiCianna studied the design and performance of treatment technologies and assisted in the development of water discharge regulations; recently assisting the U.S. EPA on a BWM study to support the upcoming 2018 Vessel General Permit.
Prior to joining Choice Ballast Solutions, DiCianna was an Environmental Consultant and has provided services to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Military Sealift Command. She was the Senior Principal Environmental Engineer to the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) responsible for assessing performance and failures of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS), reviewing BWMS designs to ensure compliance with applicable environmental standards and regulations, and developing waste management solutions. DiCianna has Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.
“I look forward to my collaboration with Choice Ballast Solutions,” stated DiCianna. “The company’s focus on ballast water treatment is in synergy with the knowledge and insight I gained from working with the U.S. Coast Guard, EPA and ABS. This experience will be of considerable value in helping to deliver effective compliance solutions to their clients while also assisting, that same clientele, with the continued challenges of a rapidly changing industry.”
John Dooley, President, stated, “Debra adds another level of knowledge and experience to the Choice team, enabling us to more effectively assist the industry in regulatory and compliance matters concerning ballast water treatment. She is passionate about maritime environmental issues and has led teams to deliver effective solutions to safeguard our oceans.”