The US Coast Guard has issued a type-approval certificate for the South Korean company Panasia and its Glo-En Patrol ballast water management system (BWMS).
This is the eighth BWMS to receive the USCG type-approval in 2018, and the 14th unit in total (see image above).
There are a further 13 BWMSs listed on the USCG's “Under Review” list, however some that are under review have had prior approval and are awaiting response on BWMS amendments. These include Alfa Laval’s Pureballast 3, Optimarin’s OBS / OBS Ex, Erma First’s Fit, and Wärtsilä Water Systems’ Aquarius EC.
Based on the median time between application and approval, three more systems could join the Approved list by the end of February 2019.
The median number of days between the application to the USCG for type-approval and approval being granted has been 132 days. Based on this figure, by the end of February 2019 a further three BWMS, NK BMS (two systems) and Desmi Ocean Guard may have been granted type-approval.
A further two BWMS systems are now outside that range.
There will be a panel discussion on the costs, compliance and non-compliance issues of ballast water management systems during the Asian Tanker Conference in Singapore in Febuary 2019.