Norwegian ballast water treatment manufacturer Optimarin has demonstrated confidence in its system technology, based on filtration and UV treatment, by offering customers a five-year guarantee covering parts and servicing all around the world.

Safe Bulkers is to equip its entire fleet of 38 vessels with the Erma First Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS).

Greece’s ERMA FIRST reports it has become the first full flow electrolysis Ballast Water Treatment System vendor to receive US Coast Guard (USCG) type approval for its BWTS FIT equipment.

The IMO’s International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) enters into force today, bringing to final end years of uncertainty.

It was some 45 years ago that marine biologists working in the South of England commented on new species of seaweed which were appearing around the Solent. They were traced back to Japan and “bio-detectives” suggested that they had arrived adhering to the bottoms of the first generation of containerships that were arriving from the Far East into the Hampshire port.

Tanker owner Euronav says the delay in implementation of the IMO’s Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention for all large tankers by two years will have little impact on the market.

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”.

Marine logistics services provider Inchape Shipping Services (ISS) has advised that all ships from international waters will be required to provide a ballast water sample and report when calling at Saudi Aramco ports and terminals starting 16 August.

Shipowner have gotten a two-year reprieve on the retrofitting of ballast water treatment systems as the IMO has decided to delay the implementation of the convention until 2019.

The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is backing a proposal to the IMO to delay the implementation of the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention for existing ships.

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