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Ballast Water Frequently Asked Questions

USCG updates Ballast Water Management (Updated July 2017). The US Coast Guard announced that an updated Ballast Water Management (BWM) Program guidance is available on its public Homeport internet portal.

Two slideshow presentations are available to provide interested readers a “BWM 101” overview of the program and a “BWM Update” on recent developments and activities. These presentations include speaker notes for each slide and will be frequently updated in an effort to keep all stakeholders informed.

GUIDELINES ON SAFETY DURING ABANDON SHIP DRILLS  USING LIFEBOATS

MSC.1/Circ. 1578 19 June 2017 The Committee approved the Guidelines on safety during abandon ship drills using lifeboats, following the amalgamation of annex 1 to the Measures to prevent accidents with lifeboats and the Interim Recommendation on conditions for authorization of service providers for lifeboats, launching appliances and on-load release gear in the Requirements for maintenance, thorough examination, operational testing, overhaul and repair of lifeboats and rescue boats, launching appliances and release gear.

Danish Owners Release Ballast Water Convention Guide

The Little Blue Book on Ballast Water. Danish Shipping has launched a new guide on the implementation of the Ballast Water Management Convention, which will enter into force on September 8.

All new ships will have to be equipped with a ballast water treatment system, while existing ships will need to have systems installed from September 8, 2019 to September 8, 2024.

MSC.1/Circ. 1578 GUIDELINES ON SAFETY DURING ABANDON SHIP DRILLS USING LIFEBOATS

The purpose of these Guidelines is to provide a basic outline of essential steps to safely carry out simulated launching. These Guidelines are general; the lifeboat manufacturer's instruction manual should always be consulted before conducting simulated launching.

CCC.1/Circ.2/Rev.1 CARRIAGE OF BAUXITE  WHICH  MAY LIQUEFY

IMO’s Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 4, which met 11-15 September at IMO Headquarters), raised awareness on the potential risks posed by moisture and provided new guidance on carriage of bauxite, in the form of a circular aimed at shippers, terminal operators, shipowners, ship operators, charterers, shipmasters and all other entities concerned.

MSC.1/Circ.1206 MEASURES TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS WITH LIFEBOATS

The Maritime Safety Committee, at its eighty-first session 10 to 19 May 2006, recalled that at
its seventy-fifth session (15 to 24 May 2002), it had considered the issue of the unacceptably high
number of accidents with lifeboats in which crew were being injured, sometimes fatally, while
participating in lifeboat drills and/or inspections, and noted that most accidents fell under the
following categories:

ANNEX 17 MEPC 54/21 REVISED GUIDELINES FOR SYSTEMS FOR HANDLING OILY WASTES IN MACHINERY SPACES OF SHIPS

The information contained in these Guidelines should be regarded as guidance in achieving an efficient and effective system for the handling of oily bilge water and oily residues for new buildings and, where applicable and reasonable, for ships which are in service.

Guidance on application of CSS Code Annex 14 for Panamanian containerships

Instructions from the Administration of Panama regarding IMO MSC.1/Circ. 1352/Rev.1 (CSS Code Annex 14) were announced in ClassNK Technical Information No. TEC-1097 dated 28 December 2016.

The Administration has updated MERCHANT MARINE CIRCULAR MMC-340, including their additional guidance on the application of relevant requirements to existing containerships, as attached.

ANNEX 1 RESOLUTION MEPC.252(67) Adopted on 17 October 2014

2.5.2 If a ship has violated the BWM Convention, the PSCO may take steps to warn, detain or  exclude  the  ship  or  grant  such  a  ship  permission  to  leave  to  discharge  ballast  water  
elsewhere or seek repairs.

Air Emissions Standards within the Canadian

The purpose of this bulletin is to inform stakeholders that under the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations (the Regulations),the sulphur content requirements for marine fuel will be 0.1% effective January 1, 2015.

OP Notice to Shipping N-1-2017, Vessel Requirements

Since January 1, 2001, the Panama Canal Authority has required vessels maneuvering in Canal waters to switch from heavy fuel to light duel.
This requirement was included from 2001 until 2016 in Notice to Shipping No.N-10, Operational Equipment Tests. Beginning in 2017, the aforementioned requirement on maneuvering fuel was removed from the revised version of Notice to Shipping No.N-10 and included in OP Notice to Shipping N-1-2017, Vessel Requirements.

IMO Index of IMO Resolutions

Resolutions are adopted by the key organs and committees of the Organization.  Resolutions are issued within official IMO meeting reports and documents relating to the relevant committee or organ. For access to the offical reports and documents of meetings where resolutions were adopted, from 2000 to present.

Ballast Water Management (BWM) Extension Program Update

Vessel owners/operators are required to comply with the U.S. ballast water regulations provided in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 151, Sections 151.1510 or 151.2025. Upon a vessel’s compliance date, these regulations require use of one of the approved ballast water management methods listed in the regulations.

Panama Canal – tanker deck cooling now mandatory

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) issued an advisory announcing that, effective immediately, transiting crude oil tankers, product carriers, and chemical tankers carrying cargoes with flashpoints of less than 18°C are required to cool their main decks with water by means of the on-deck water sprinkler system or any other means available in order to prevent activation of their pressure relief valves during transit.

IACS LNG Bunkering Guidelines 2016 08

This guideline provides recommendations for the responsibilities, procedures and equipment required for LNG bunkering operations and sets harmonised minimum baseline recommendations for bunkering risk assessment, equipment and operations.
These guidelines do not consider commercial aspects of the bunker transfer such as Bunker Delivery Notes and measurement of quantity or quality of LNG.