Hyde Marine, Inc. is launching a multi-part webinar series to educate technical directors/managers, shipowners, operators, naval architects and port/harbour authorities from Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Americas about proper compliance with International Maritime Organization (IMO) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) ballast water treatment regulations. Hyde Marine is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, a leading Company providing purification solutions for drinking water, wastewater, pollution abatement, and a variety of industrial and commercial manufacturing processes. For more information about Calgon Carbon’s activated carbon and ultraviolet solutions, visit www.calgoncarbon.com.
The first one-hour webinar entitled, “Understanding misconceptions about the IMO & USCG ballast water regulations,” will be conducted April 15, 2014, at 2 PM (EST), and led by Mark Riggio, Product Manager, Hyde Marine.
Webinar content will focus on critical areas, including: IMO Convention modifications and revised implementation timeline; clarification of USCG Ballast Water Management (BWM) requirements; USCG and Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement; advantages to installing an AMS approved system now; road to USCG Type Approval; and validity of Ultraviolet (UV) Systems in the U.S.
In 2004, IMO adopted the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWMC), which requires ships to conduct a ballast water exchange or to meet concentration-based ballast water discharge standards at ports with ballast tanks 99.99 per cent free of living organisms and pathogens.
Enforcement of USCG’s final ballast water regulations, which began in December 2013, along with the pending ratification of the IMO BWM Convention, places shipowners on a strict timeline to install proven BWT technology to bring their vessels into compliance.
“Since the Hyde GUARDIAN® Ballast Water Treatment System was one of the first to receive IMO Type Approval in April 2009 and in view of our recent achievement as one of the first to earn Alternate Management System (AMS) approval from the United States Coast Guard, we are uniquely positioned to educate the maritime industry regarding the ballast water treatment compliance challenges they face, particularly as foreign vessels enter U.S. waters,” said John Platz, President, Hyde Marine.
AMS approval is an interim measure that allows the Hyde GUARDIAN to be used on vessels for five years after the vessel is required to comply with the USCG Ballast Water Discharge Standards.
In addition to the April 15 webinar, Hyde Marine’s 2014 webinar series will also include, “Guide to Ballast Water Retrofits,” and “Lessons Learned: Ballast Water Installations.”
Visit the Hyde Marine website (www.hydemarine.com) to register for the webinar.