USCG – Guidance on inoperable BWMS

The US Coast Guard (USCG) issued a policy letter providing guidelines for evaluating potential courses of action when a vessel bound for a US port has an inoperable ballast water management system. As a reminder, the United States is not a party to the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and…

Waste Delivery in China

It was noted that a number of incidents have occurred in China, where ports have refused to receive delivery of ships wastes. It is likely that the refusals are a consequence of new environmental laws in China which ban the import of foreign garbage for which China has become a repository in recent years. The refusal…

Garbage Management Plan amendments

At IMO MEPC 70th session the amendments to the Annex V of the MARPOL Convention related to the Form of Garbage Record Book were adopted. These amendments were adopted by Resolution MEPC.277(70) with the entry-into-force date 1 March 2018 and include the following: Amendments to Regulation 4 and 6 of the Annex V of the MARPOL Convention (garbage discharge provisions) providing…

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…

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…