As Hurricane Irma barrels into the Florida coast the logistics of fuel distribution in the aftermath of the storm are already in the spotlight with a Jones Act waiver. 

As shipping moves towards innovations such as autonomous vessels the US Coast Guard (USCG) warns that the industry needs to take cyber security seriously to avoid regulation.

A survey of owners and operators that have fitted ballast water management systems (BWMS) by classification society ABS found that some 43% were considered “inoperable” or “problematic”.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) says no threat has been found after a Maersk boxship in the Port of Charleston was investigated for a possible “dirty bomb”.

A container terminal in the Port of Charleston has been evacuated over a potential threat of a “dirty bomb” onboard a Maersk Line boxship.

Singapore’s shipyard group Sembcorp Marine has penned a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Italy’s De Nora for the supply and installation of De Nora’s ballast water treatment systems (BWTS) at its yards.

The Ballast Water Management 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 means that the maritime industry has to gear up for a huge operational change.

Optimarin has become the first Ballast Water Management System (BWMS) manufacturer to get type approval from the US Coast Guard.

Optimarin claims that US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for its Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) is “imminent”.

Despite uncertainties over Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) permanent type approval in the US Wärtsilä is confident both its system will get approval in 2017.

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