Microbes in Ballast Water Can Show Where a Ship Came From

A rapid scan of the environmental DNA in ballast water can show whether ships are following rules meant to prevent the spread of invasive species and disease. By Bradley van Paridon (Hakai Magazine) - In one of the largest geographic surveys of ballast and harbor water to date, Claudia Gunsch and William Gerhard, scientists at Duke University in North Carolina, showed … [Read more...]

ICS Urges IMO to Finalize Ballast Water Implementation Dates

The global shipping industry is urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to back a proposal to push back the implementation dates for installing new ballast water treatment systems on ships by two years to 2024, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage, said on Monday. “If this … [Read more...]

Shipping On Right Course for the Ballast Water Management Convention

By Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping The Ballast Water Management Convention (the Convention), aimed at establishing standards and procedures to prevent the spread of aquatic organisms, enters into force and takes effect on 8 September this year. While it represents a significant environmental milestone for our planet, the Convention also … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Issues First Ballast Water Management System Type-Approval Certificate

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center today issued the first U.S.C.G. Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Norwegian manufacturer Optimarin AS after a detailed review of the type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. The Optimarin Ballast System is a filtration/ultraviolet ballast water management … [Read more...]

Showing Shipowners the Way on Ballast Water

With entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Convention now set for September 2017, owners have been calling on a Finnish naval architecture and marine engineering firm to provide an independent assessment of their ballast water management system retrofit options The addition of signatures to the 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of … [Read more...]