Engine Room Fires Are Never Merry

Engine room fires account for up to 50 percent of all fires on vessels with 70 percent of those engine room fires being caused by leaks from pressurized systems. Just this week, the chemical tanker Jo Kiri was inbound for a terminal in the Houston area when smoke was reported in the engine room.


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…