USCG publishes ballast water ANPR
The Coast Guard is moving towards manadatory ballast water managemenr requirements that will be at least as effective as ballast water exchange in dealing with aquatic nuisance species. The ANPRM suggests three possible goals and four possible standards. Comments should be submitted by June 3, 2002.
Singapore owner gets ballast water management certification
LR's new BWMP operational notation specifically recognizes that a ship's operational procedures follow IMO guidelines with respect to treatment process, flow through exchange or sequential exchange, confirming that strength and stability considerations have been taken into account as necessary.
The notation enable a ship to demonstrate to port states, coastal states and charterers that a Ballast Water Management Plan is in operation.
Michael Bruce, managing director of World Tankers says: We have always striven to find ways to differentiate ourselves in the tanker industry. I believe this award recognizes World Tankers proactive commitment to meeting the highest standards of ballast water management, without waiting for future legislation to be enacted.
To help fully understand the implications of ballast water management as described in the IMO guidelines, Lloyds Register has undertaken extensive research investigating the use of the various ballast water management methods on major ship types and has developed assessment criteria to help enable operators to mitigate the relevant risks. A complimentary CD-ROM with up-to-date information may be obtained by contacting Lefteris Karaminas (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).