Thursday, June 4, 2015

UK Register Will Ensure Vessels from Small Freighters up to Mega Container Carriers are Legal in US

Ballast Water Treatment Testing Approved by US Coast Guard
Shipping News Feature

UK – US – Following our recent piece regarding the acceptance by the US Coast Guard (USCG) of Alfa Laval’s latest ballast water treatment system comes news that Lloyd’s Register has been approved as an independent laboratory for testing such systems on behalf of USCG. Ballast water treatment is an essential tool for all sizeable vessels from smaller freighters up to the mega container carriers which are now such a common sight across the world’s waterways.

The USCG regulations for the approval of ballast water treatment systems came into effect in 2012. The regulations began to require the installation of improved systems on board seagoing vessels from 2014 and all vessels that trade in US waters will be required to have an approved ballast water treatment system in place from the first dry-docking after 2016.

Lloyd’s Register has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ballast Water test facility at DHI Denmark and the electro/technical testing company DELTA and these leading test facilities, supported by Lloyd’s own surveyors and statutory experts will conduct testing as part of our collectively recognised independent laboratory. Flans Kemp, LR’s Global Business Development Leader for Type Approval commented:

“For Ballast Water Treatment Systems equipment manufacturers, the challenge is in understanding the differences between the type approval regimes, and ensuring that their equipment has undergone all the necessary testing to obtain approval to meet the relevant regulations. Lloyd’s Register can help manufacturers to understand the different regulatory regimes with differing requirements and streamline their testing and approval activities to minimise the time and costs involved in getting their technology to the market. Lloyd’s Register helps owners ensure their systems are tested and approved to the highest standards, to ensure that they can meet the requirements of vessel operators trading worldwide.”