The US Coast Guard (USCG) has issued a marine safety alert over fuel contamination in the US Gulf region.

Techcross has become the 7th ballast water treatment system (BWTS) to receive US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval.

The Liberian Registry continues to improve its Port State Control (PSC) performance year after year, and currently has the fourth most vessels of any flag state enrolled in the USCG’s Qualship 21 programme. It has also seen a 62% reduction in vessel detentions in the US over the past three years and, for the fifteenth year in a row, is not among those flags targeted by the US Coast Guard (USCG), the Liberian Registry said in a statement.

Oldendorff Carriers has opted for Erma First's ballast water treatment system (BWTS) to meet the upcoming IMO Convention and US regulations.

Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) manufacturer Optimarin says its has seen a 50% surge in orders year-to-date as owners take action to comply with the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention.

One of the largest Greek shipowners Angelicoussis Shipping Group Limited (ASGL) has opted for Ecochlor to retrofit 36 vessels with Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS).

With installing a ballast water treatment system (BWTS) shifting from being an option to a requirement, Andrew Marshall, ceo of Coldharbour Marine, stresses that owners need to be mindful to choose the right system for the type of ship.

Norwegian ballast water treatment manufacturer Optimarin has installed more than 20 systems through its new ‘fast-track’ service launched last September. Company ceo Tore Andersen reveals that these sales, which command a small price premium, have come in addition to the growing number of standard installations as owners finally decide to make a move.

A young Danish company, Bawat, has unveiled an exciting new low-cost and “green” ballast water treatment technology which requires no filters, chemicals or UV lamps, and is powered by waste heat from ships’ engines.

Last year’s clarification of US Coast Guard (USCG) policy shows that care is needed when choosing a ballast water treatment system. Together with the upcoming entry into force of revised IMO G8 requirements, it demands that ship owners look further ahead to be certain of long-term compliance.

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