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Safety and Environment are Not Contradictory Paradigms

By Jad Mouawad 2019-04-03 19:55:48

The topic of this article is inspired by the discussions I had during a panel debate I recently participated at, during a conference in London in March 2019. During that panel discussion and throughout a number of interventions, shipowner representatives kept on going back to the fact that focus on the environmental challenges of the shipping industry must not overshadow the focus on safety on board ships. During the past four decades, the marine environment has come into focus as...

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Lessons Learned From a Hundred Ballast Water System Installations

By Jad Mouawad 2019-01-21 01:16:09

Our engineers have finalized installation and commissioning surveys of over 100 ballast water management systems, mainly during newbuilding in Korea and China, but also for an increasingly amount of ships after the initial installation is completed and the ship has sailed for a while, sometimes a few years. As with much new equipment that is deployed worldwide to a very large number of ships and users, early challenges with respect to installation and operation were expected and experienced. This ranges...

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Exhaust Gas Scrubber Washwater - Is it safe?

By Jad Mouawad 2018-11-13 17:22:51

IMO's MARPOL Annex VI Prevention of Air Pollution from Ships, requires the reduction of SOx emissions either by burning low sulfur fuel oil or cleaning the exhaust gas. The cap on SOx emissions is set to January 2020, and a ban on carriage of non-compliant fuel - when a scrubber is not installed - is set to March 2020. Cleaning, or scrubbing, the exhaust gas is generally accepted to be more economical with some business models showing pay back time...

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Four Things to Know About MEPC72 Ballast Water Deliberations

By Jad Mouawad 2018-04-17 20:40:27

IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 72) met between April 9 and 13, 2018 with a large number of documents related to the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention to be handled.  Of the topics discussed, four of the most important were: 1. Sampling for compliance during commissioning 2. Should contingency measures be part of the BWM Plan? 3. Data gathering for the experience-building phase 4. Scaling Guidelines BWM.2/Circ.33 1. Validation of compliance of individual BWM systems with...

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MEPC Delays Ballast Water Treatment Decisions

By Jad Mouawad 2016-11-02 15:30:08

As the entry into force of the Ballast Water Management Convention is set for the September 8, 2017, the topics on the agenda for the MEPC 70 earlier this month highlighted the urgency in finding certainty on two levels: 1 - Equipment to be installed and their efficacy and efficiency (i.e. revision of type approval guidelines - G8 - and their implementation dates); and 2 - Implementation schedule of the D-2 standard on ships  There were 31 documents on the...

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Ballast Water Management: Belgium to Ratify

By Jad Mouawad 2016-06-07 00:32:10

By Jad Mouawad Today, Mouawad Consulting can announce that Belgium will ratify the IMO Ballast Water Management Convention during the first week of March. Belgium had a percentage gross tonnage of 0.43 percent as of December 31, 2014. Our sources tell us that this figure has increased due to new VLCCs entering into Belgium flag recently. The exact figures from IMO are not available yet, but the estimates for Belgium are in the range of 0.6 percent. This means that...

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