Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management System again chosen for new container vessels

Four new 3300 TEU container vessels being built for the French shipping group, CMA CGM, will feature Wärtsilä Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS). This is the third series of vessels for which the same owner has selected the Wärtsilä BWMS solution, making a total of ten ships in all. These latest vessels are being built at the Cosco Zhoushan shipyard in China, and the … [Read more...]

‘Landmark’ Ballast Water Management Regulations Set to Enter Into Force

Long-awaited international regulations meant to combat the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships' ballast are set to enter into force in September 2017, the International Maritime Organization announced Thursday. The new regulations, known as the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, or simply the … [Read more...]

Danger of Pressing Up Ballast Tanks

- George Radu, Thomas Miller (Americas) on behalf of the UK P&I Club In a recent case an entered vessel pressed up its ballast tanks in order to optimize trim and to satisfy mandatory stability criteria. The operation resulted in the unexpected flooding of a cargo hold causing extensive damage to cargo. An entered containership was carrying out ballast exchange … [Read more...]

New Ballast Water Rules – CG Proposal Announced

Via AP: The Coast Guard on Thursday proposed national standards for regulating the release in port of ships' ballast water, which can introduce new, sometimes detrimental species to U.S. ecosystems. The plan would establish a limit on the number of invasive organisms that can be released along with a vessel's ballast water while the ship is in port. That limit would initially … [Read more...]