A meeting by the IMO’s council last week (July 4-7) concluded that the IMO will henceforth abandon the practice of reassessing conventions at the end of each month, which was introduced in January this year.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has denied appeals filed by four UV based ballast water treatment (BWT) manufacturers to allow the Most Probable Number (MPN) analysis method in USCG Type Approval testing.
In a further twist to what is a hot topic in ballast water treatment – MPN vs CMFDA test methods for ballast water management systems – the Canadian government has confirmed its backing of the MPN method…
Peru has finally acceded to the IMO Ballast Water Convention, making them the 51st state to do so. Their accession coincided with the IMO’s end of May global tonnage figures, which also indicated a slight increase in the ratification percentage from the end of April figures.
This week’s invader of the week is the Quagga Mussel
The Quagga Mussel (Dreissena Rostriformis Bugensis) is a species of mussel native to the Black and Caspian seas, thought to have been transported to Western Europe and North America through ships’ ballast water. Whilst not posing a direct predatory threat to local species, the Quagga Mussel does significantly disrupt the local aquatic lifecylce due to its prodigious filtering of the local water of important phytoplankton and suspended particulates, with each mussel capable of filtering up to one litre of water per day. The Quagga Mussel’s tenacious breeding abilities make it a significant economic threat to industrial and civil areas.
This week’s invader of the week is the Killer Shrimp.
The Killer Shrimp (Dikerogammarus Villosus) is actually an amphipod, rather than a shrimp, but earns its reputation from its aggressive and vicious behaviour. Native to the Black and Caspian seas, it is thought to have been transported to Western Europe and, most recently, the United Kingdom via the ballast water and hulls of ships.
Much of the marine industry is focused on the commercial issues with regards to ballast water treatment. To raise the awareness of the ecologic issue of invasive species, BWC will be now be posting an “Invader of the Week” blog post each week. This week it is the delightful Asian Shore Crab…
On 7th March 2016, Belgium became the 49th country to ratify the Ballast Water Management Convention, bringing the legislation tantalisingly close to final ratification. Belgium’s ratification brings the total number of states to 48, representing 34.82% of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage. The convention will enter into force 12 months after 30 states, representing 35% of the worlds merchant shipping tonnage has ratified.
Ballast Water Containers has published an informative white paper aimed at the heavy lift transportation and project cargo market titled “Project Cargo – The Challenges of Ballast Water Management Compliance.” The aim of the paper is to provide assistance to operators in the project cargo market who are, undoubtedly, currently experiencing uncertainty regarding what the new ballast water management regulations will mean for their ongoing business.