Ballast Water management – How to comply

With the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention on 8 September 2016, the convention will enter into force on 8 September 2017. With only some months to go, this Technical & Regulatory News is intended as a supporting document for the BWM implementation phase, focusing on compliance. D1 – Ballast Water Management Plan…

Requirements for Panama Canal transit

The Panama Canal authority regularly issues Notices to Shipping with requirements for Panama Canal transit. Latest valid regulations are given in OP Notice to Shipping No. N-1-2016 vessel requirements. The following drawings must be submitted for evaluation if a vessel is to be modified to meet Panama Canal requirements: general arrangement plan indicating deployed boarding…

BWMS: What does it mean?

As of September 8, 2016 the Ballast Water Convention officially was ratified by the IMO, crossing the necessary threshold of 35% of world tonnage signed on courtesy of the ratification by Finland. Subsequently, the United States Coast Guard was moving rapidly to confirm type approval of BWMS systems, to date confirming the approval of three…

Stowaways: the hidden problem at sea

A rise in stowaway incidents at South African ports over the past two months proves that despite international efforts, the issue is as prominent as ever. But how do trespassers make it aboard a ship, what can be done to prevent them and who bears the cost and responsibility once the trespasser is found? Apart…

Stowaways Precautions

Stowaways are expensive to process and repatriate, and it is necessary to employ escorts to accompany them in transit when they are finally sent home. Vessels may also be delayed and fined. It can be difficult to find countries willing to allow stowaways to disembark. To reduce the risk, appropriate measures are required to discourage…