Marine Log

Sample releases ballast water treatment guide

ferrysunset 340x255ABS has released a new Guide for Ballast Water Treatment to help vessel owners and operators prepare for compliance with the IMO's International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004.

The convention is designed to provide a unified instrument to prevent, minimize and ultimately eliminate the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms via ships' ballast water and sediments. As of November 1, 2011, 30 member States representing 26.44 percent of world merchant shipping tonnage had ratified the convention against a required 30 States representing 35 percent of the world gross tonnage.

With the possibility that the convention may enter into force during the first half of 2013, owners are examining options for newbuilds and retrofits that will give them flexibility in terms of costs and operation, says Kirsi Tikka, ABS Chief Engineer and head of the society's environmental solutions efforts.

"The ballast water management regulations can be confusing for shipowners because they contain many unresolved and complex issues," Dr. Tikka adds. "As a result, some owners with newbuilds have elected to incorporate the installation of a ballast water treatment system, while others have chosen to have their vessel outfitted with the piping, electrical arrangements and space necessary to accommodate a ballast water treatment system in the future."

The newly released ABS guide has been developed to assist owners in understanding the classification requirements relating to the convention. In addition to the installation parameters required for any ABS-classed vessel utilizing an IMO member State type approved ballast water treatment system, the Guide offers owners two optional notations to demonstrate further due diligence in their ballast water management practices.

The tiered notations BWT and BWT+ will bring the ballast water treatment system under survey and the class society will review the system for compliance with the guide, confirm the installation design, conduct a survey during installation, periodically evaluate the onboard ballast water management system and perform shipboard function tests. The BWT+ notation signifies that the installed treatment system has been surveyed by an ABS surveyor at the manufacturing facility.


November 7, 2011

 

Breaking News

suny-maritime-stem-academy-helps-maritime-high-schools
July 27, 2015
SUNY Maritime STEM Academy helps maritime high schools
JULY 27, 2015 — Open to students attending maritime themed high schools, SUNY Maritime College's fourth annual STEM Academy, which runs July 27 to 31 at Fort Schuyler on the suburban Throggs Neck peninsula in the Bronx, New York City, is...
jensen-designed-lng-bunkering-atb-gets-abs-approval
July 27, 2015
Jensen designed LNG bunkering ATB gets ABS approval
JULY 27, 2015 — ABS has granted approval in principle to a Jensen Maritime-designed, liquefied natural gas (LNG)-bunkering articulated tug-barge (ATB). The approval establishes that Jensen's vessel concept, which is classed as an A1 Liquefied...
new-test-stands-operational-at-mtu-friederichshafen
July 27, 2015
New test stands operational at MTU Friederichshafen
JULY 27, 2015 — Rolls-Royce Power Systems is investing in the development of next-generation combustion engines at its MTU brand. Today, new test stands went into operation in Friedrichshafen, Germany, MTU’s lead site and main R&D...
cma-cgm-takes-delivery-of-18000-teu-giant
July 27, 2015
CMA CGM takes delivery of 18,000 TEU giant
JULY 27, 2015 — Marseilles, France, headquartered CMA CGM Group took delivery today of the CMA CGM Vasco De Gama on from China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC). With a length of 399 m and breadth of 54 m, the 18,000 TEU vessel is the...
zamakona-completes-tuna-freezer-trio
July 27, 2015
Zamakona completes tuna freezer trio
JULY 27, 2015 — Spanish shipbuilder Zamakona Yards reports that its Santurce shipyard has completed the tuna freezer vessel Euskadi Alai for Echebestar Group member Bermeo. The 82.98 m Euskadi Alai is the third of the three sister vessels...
tight-security-for-first-ships-to-transit-expanded-suez-canal
July 27, 2015
Tight security for first ships to transit expanded Suez
JULY 27, 2015 — There was tight security as trial convoys of ships in both directions passed through the expanded Suez Canal for the first time on Saturday, July 25. The canal has been widened and deepened, adding bypasses on its western side...
matson-promotes-kenny-gill-to-vp-alaska
July 27, 2015
Matson promotes Kenny Gill to VP, Alaska
JULY 27, 2015 — Matson, Inc. (NYSE: MATX), has promoted Kenny Gill, previously Senior Director of Operations for Horizon Lines' Alaska division, to the position of Vice President, Alaska. In his new role, Mr. Gill has management responsibility...
port-state-crackdown-targets-enclosed-space-safety
July 27, 2015
Port state crackdown targets enclosed space safety
JULY 27, 2015 — Around 10,000 ships will be inspected in a new CIC (concentrated inspection campaign) aimed at ensuring that effective procedures and measures are in place to safeguard seafarers when entering and working in enclosed...
layoffs-ahead-at-newport-news-shipbuilding
July 24, 2015
Layoffs ahead at Newport News Shipbuilding
JULY 24, 2015 — As work on three major aircraft carrier projects winds down, Huntington Ingalls Industries Newport News Shipbuilding division has warned workers that layoffs are ahead for both hourly paid and salaried employees.More than 500...
israeli-customs-seizes-fake-stamford-alternators
July 24, 2015
Israeli customs seizes fake Stamford alternators
JULY 24, 2015 — Cummins Generator Technologies reports that customs officers at the Port of Eilat in Israel have seized ten generating sets originating from United Arab Emirates and bound for Palestine. The generating sets all contained fake...