Hyde Marine offering webinar series on complying with ballast water regulations

(PITTSBURGH) — Hyde Marine Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corporation, is launching a multi-part webinar series to educate technical directors/managers, ship owners, operators, naval architects and port/harbor 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.

The first one-hour webinar entitled, “Understanding Misconceptions About the IMO & USCG Ballast Water Regulations,” will be conducted April 15, 2014, 9 a.m. (GMT) and 2 p.m. (EST), and led by Mark Riggio, Product Manager, Hyde Marine.

Visit the Hyde Marine website to register for the webinar.

Webinar content will focus on critical areas, including:

•    IMO Convention modifications and revised implementation timeline
•    Clarification of USCG Ballast Water Management requirements
•    USCG and Environmental Protection Agency Enforcement
•    Advantages to installing an AMS approved system now
•    Road to USCG Type Approval
•    Validity of Ultraviolet (UV) Systems in the U.S.

In 2004, the 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% free of living organisms and pathogens.

The enforcement of the USCG’s final ballast water regulation, which began in December 2013, along with the pending ratification of the IMO BWM Convention, places ship owners on a strict timeline to install proven BWT technology to bring their vessels into compliance.

“Particularly since the Hyde GUARDIAN® Ballast Water Treatment System was one of the first to receive IMO Type Approval in April 2009 and 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.”

For more information, visit www.hydemarine.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff