US raises hurdles for ballast water extensions

[caption]New extensions for US ballast water compliance may require written documentation from equipment makers. Credit: USCG[/caption]The availability of a US-type approved ballast water management system (BWMS) means vessel operators must be more diligent in proving that they’re still unable to comply with US ballast water regulations.
After years of overseeing rigorous…

IMO holds off on mandatory cyber rules

[caption]MSC 97 discussed maritime cyber risk but guidelines remain voluntary. Credit: IMO[/caption]Avoiding another layer of costs for shipowners was part of the rationale for postponing mandatory requirements on cyber risk management at the IMO.
The agency’s Maritime Security Committee (MSC) earlier this year approved “Interim Guidelines on Maritime Cyber Risk Management”,…