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Ballast Water Treatment

Envirocleanse Submits Application to US Coast Guard for Type Approval

The Envirocleanse inTank BWTS is the only applicant to date which treats ballast water during the voyage. CREDIT: Envirocleanse

Envirocleanse LLC, division of Charter Brokerage LLC, a BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY company, has announced the submission of an application to the US Coast Guard for Type Approval of its patented inTank Ballast Water Treatment System. The Envirocleanse inTank BWTS is the only applicant to date which treats ballast water during the voyage.

Scorpio Orders Ecochlor BWTS for 55 Tankers

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Shipowner Scorpio Tankers has signed a deal to retrofit roughly half of its product carrier fleet with ballast water treatment systems (BWTS).The deal will see U.S. based BWTS manufacturer Ecochlor, Inc. supply 55 systems for Scorpio's product carriers ranging between 38,000 to more than 100,000 DWT.

CMA CGM Selects BIO-SEA BWMS for 17 Containerships

A skid-mounted BIO-SEA ballast water treatment plant (Image: BIO-UV Group)

CMA CGM, one of the world’s largest container carriers with a fleet of 454 vessels, has contracted France-based BIO-UV Group to supply its BIO-SEA ballast water treatment systems to 17 containerships, including newbuilds and retrofits.Nine liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled 22,000TEU vessels currently

Jamaica Passes Bill to Manage Ballast Water Carried By Ships

Robert Montague, Minister of Transport and Mining. Photo: Jamaica Information Service

 The House of Representatives passed the Ballast Water Management Bill, which is aimed at protecting Jamaica’s marine environment, said Jamaica Information Service, a government agency.   The legislation seeks to implement measures to prevent ships entering Jamaica’s waters from introducing foreign aquatic species and diseases into the country.

Monitoring and Enforcement of Ballast Water Convention

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 Identifying organisms and microbes in ballast water, as well as monitoring port marine life where ballast water may be released, are key for countries preparing to enforce International Maritime Organization (IMO)'s Ballast Water Management Convention.    The treaty entered into force globally on

IMO Workshop Addresses Impacts of Fouling

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 The build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and structures is known as biofouling. This can introduce potentially invasive non-native aquatic species to a new area. Fouling can also slow down a ship and impact on its energy efficiency.    An International Maritime Organization (IMO) regional workshop in  Port of Spain,

AMPTC Inks Deal with ASRY for BWTS Installs

Sea Jewel, the first AMPTC vessel to receive BWTS retrofit from ASRY (Photo: ASRY)

Egypt-based Arab Maritime Petroleum Transport Company (AMPTC) has signed a deal with Bahrain-based maritime repair and fabrication facility ASRY to install ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) on part of its fleetThe agreement has already seen one system installed the very large crude carrier (VLCC) Sea Jewel,

Techcross Awarded USCG BWMS Type Approval

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center issued the seventh U.S. Coast Guard Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Techcross, Inc., after a detailed review of the manufacturer’s type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060.The treatment

Study: Nonnative Species Carried in Lakers' Ballast Water

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A recent study on nonindigenous species of plankton in ballast discharges from U.S. and Canadian lakers to western Lake Superior documented five species of nonindigenous zooplankton not yet established in western Lake Superior, including Hemimysis anomala (“bloody red shrimp”), in ballast water discharged there.

Environmental Regs Drive Work for Gibdock

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With owners required to respond to new rules on invasive species and emissions, Gibraltar-based Gibdock reports it is seeing a stronger than expected surge in interest in ballast water management system and exhaust gas scrubber work. Richard Beards, Managing Director of the Western Med’s gateway repair facility,

Angelicoussis Shipping to Retrofit BWTS on 36 Ships

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U.S.-based ballast water treatment system (BWTS) manufacturer Ecochlor, Inc. said it has been awarded a contract to retrofit 36 vessels, including Suezmaxes, Aframaxes, VLCCs, Minicapes and Capes for Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited (ASGL). Installations are expected to take place between 2018 and 2020 in Singapore, Dubai, Qatar and China.

HullWiper Trial Program in Port Southampton

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 Trials are underway at Southampton as part of a pilot scheme to launch the eco-friendly HullWiper hull cleaning technology at the port.  HullWiper is working to test the system on a range of vessels including cruise liners, Ro-Ro ships, container ships and general cargo carriers at the south coast port.

sVGP Compliance Difficulties Continue for the Workboat Sector

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The recent implementation (January 19, 2018) of the long-delayed small Vessel General Permit (sVGP) requirement has major implications for environmental regulations in general, and specifically how the compliance difficulties continue for vessel owners with no real end in sight. Moreover, the U.S. Coast

Ballast Water Regs: Difficult and More Difficult

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As the U.S. Coast Guard tightens its BWTS compliance rules and more systems are approved, there are still many unanswered questions for operators finally looking to comply.It’s no secret among marine stakeholders that ballast water regulations remain a top concern at the start of 2018, and a confusing one, to say the least.

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