BIMCO Announces Step-by-Step Guidance Series to Ballast …

first_imgzoom BIMCO have announced plans to release a guidance series that will navigate shipowners through ballast water management implementation, in preparation for the impending ratification of the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Management Convention.BIMCO, Copenhagen is the oldest of the international shipping associations, comprising a membership of a broad range of stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry, including shipowners, managers, brokers and agents. The shipowner segment alone operates about 65 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet measured in deadweight tonnage. The association’s main objective is to facilitate the commercial operations of its global membership through the provision of quality information and advice, education and training.The guidance series will commence with the publication of a practical ‘Step-by-Step Guide to Ballast Water Management’ written in association with Fathom, the information specialists on maritime efficiency. This vital industry resource will provide holistic practical guidance that will cover all facets of ballast water management compliance, in addition to outlining the systems available to the market with specific regard to the treatment technology and their type approval status.The release of the Guide follows the recent approval of the resolution for the Convention at the 28th session of the IMO Assembly and will serve to equip ship owners and operators with all the necessary information to navigate through ballast water management and approach regulatory demands with confidence.Captain Peter Lundahl Rasmussen, Senior Marine Technical Officer for BIMCO commented: “Among the major challenges for owners preparing for compliance, with the forthcoming Ballast Water Management requirements, is how to ensure a smooth transition to compliance and continued profitability in trade for their fleets – either by using alternative means of compliance or, in the main, by selecting adequate and compliant Ballast Water Management Systems suitable for the individual ships and trades. The Step-by-Step Guide to Ballast Water Management is without doubt a fully up-to-date and invaluable tool to aid owners in the search for unbiased and comprehensive information regarding the Ballast Water Management regulations and compliance.”Catherine McMillan, Director of Operations, Fathom commented: “Since the release of Fathom’s ‘Ballast Water Management: The Guide’ in 2011, the ballast water treatment technology market has evolved significantly. With the ratification of the Convention imminent, shipowners and operators are facing an entirely new set of challenges. With the significant investment required by owners in order to ensure compliance, it is more important than ever that concise and independently sourced information is available to owners and operators so they can steer through regulatory challenges with confidence”.The Guide will be published at a crucial time for the shipping industry, with the ratification of the IMO Ballast Water Convention presumed to be very close. To date, countries representing just over 30% of the world’s tonnage have ratified the Convention and already reached the threshold for number of countries has already been reached. Just 4.83% is left to reach the tonnage threshold. This could be achieved by one major Flag State alone.The Step-by-Step Guide is just one element of a multi-platform information series designed to allow owners and operators to comprehensively address the uncertainties they have on ballast water management implementation.The release of the Guide will be followed by a webinar in January 2014 and a free shipowner summit that will take place 25-26 February 2014 in Hamburg. The summit has been developed to give shipowners the opportunity to discuss and understand the best strategies; solutions and issues concerning implementing ballast water solutions within their operations and adhering to compliance.Fathom, December 9, 2013last_img read more

Buckeye Brief Urban Meyers thoughts on Ohio States Early Signing Day

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer observes the field at Memorial Stadium prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorA year ago at this time, no players had signed letters of intent to play football for Ohio State. But this year, the first in which the Early Signing Period was introduced, the Buckeyes inked the signatures of 21 players in its 2018 recruiting class, which, despite recent key decommitments, is currently ranked No. 1 by 247Sports.Wednesday morning, just a few hours after Ohio State received its first letter of intent — which came from four-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell — head coach Urban Meyer spoke to the media about the latest recruiting class. Here are four takeaways from the press conference.Update on Micah ParsonsFive-star defensive end Micah Parsons signed a letter of intent with Penn State Monday morning after a tumultuous recruiting cycle that included a decommitment from the Nittany Lions. A couple months ago, Ohio State looked like a favorite to land his commitment, but the Buckeyes interest faded for an unknown reason as time passed.On Tuesday, The Lantern reported Ohio State self-reported NCAA violations stemming from the Parsons family’s visit to the set of College GameDay. The university self-imposed punishments, which included an agreement to end the recruitment of Parsons, who the program deemed ineligible. “Everybody in our program should know the rules, and that shouldn’t have happened,” Meyer said. “It’s presented to me, and I agree with it or disagree with it, and we move on.”Even if a violation sounds minor, Meyer said he does not believe it to be minor.“I get extremely upset when I see that there was something done that was done incorrectly, and we do everything we possibly can to make sure that does not happen again,” he said. Meyer declined to comment on whether the violation was the reason Ohio State ended its recruitment of Parsons.Ohio State found its quarterback. Eventually. Since July 29, 2016, Ohio State held a commitment from Emory Jones, the fourth-ranked dual-threat quarterback, according to 247Sports composite rankings. But on Early Signing Day, he flipped to Florida and signed with the Gators. The Buckeyes, though, were prepared for what seemed like the inevitable after Jones took visits to Florida, Florida State and Alabama as Wednesday’s signing day neared. On Dec. 7, Ohio State received a pledge from three-star quarterback Matthew Baldwin, a former Colorado State commit.Baldwin, a first-year starter at Lake Travis High School in Texas, was brought to the attention of Meyer by quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Ryan Day.“We’re sitting there getting ready to play Penn State, and he’s coming up to me saying, ‘Hey, let’s watch this kid from Lake Travis,’” Meyer said. “And I’m ready to pass out, saying it’s 10:30 at night, I’ve got 3rd down and 6 in my mind and we’re trying to watch another quarterback.”Meyer went to watch Baldwin practice and liked what he saw. The head coach said he evaluates five traits in quarterbacks: competitive spirit, toughness, leadership, intelligence and the ability to get out of a bad play.“I think you see so many mistakes made at that position because people don’t categorize like that, and he checks the box off perfectly going right down the list,” Meyer said.Jeremy Ruckert: best tight end prospect Meyer has seen?Since Meyer arrived in Columbus in 2012, Ohio State has coached tight ends Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, both future third-round picks in the NFL draft, and landed commitments from four-star tight ends such as Marcus Baugh, Jake Hausmann and Luke Farrell.But he thinks four-star tight end Jeremy Ruckert is different.“I think Jeremy Ruckert might be the best tight end prospect that I’ve ever seen and recruited,” Meyer said. “His skill set is ridiculous. Now it’s a question of getting him ready to play.”Ruckert, the top-ranked player from his home state of New York, is the best tight end and the No. 29 overall player in the nation, according to the 247 composite rankings. Given his athleticism, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound physical specimen could be viewed as more of a receiver at times. He will offer Ohio State a receiving threat from the tight end position to which the program has not been accustomed. Baugh, the Buckeyes’ starting tight end, ranks fourth on the team with 24 catches this year. Next season, Ruckert will compete with Hausmann, Farrell and redshirt sophomore Rashod Berry for the starting tight end position following Baugh’s departure.Late addition of Alex WilliamsAs Ohio State’s recruiting strategy has a more national focus, the Buckeyes have moved away from in-state recruiting. But on Wednesday, Ohio State flipped Pickerington, Ohio, product Alex Williams from West Virginia to the Scarlet and Gray.The three-star athlete who plays for Pickerington North is ranked the 589th-best player in the country and the No. 26 player in Ohio by the 247Sports composite rankings. He is listed as a defensive end by recruiting services, but Meyer said he intends to try him at both tight end and defensive end.“Big athlete,” Meyer said. “I think he can do either. I know where — there’s needs at both spots, but I don’t know.”Meyer said his decision to pursue Williams was partially due to his desire for more players from Ohio. He and the recruiting staff often look for in-state late bloomers because he does not feel like the team has enough Ohioans.“I started watching him, and he’s a late developer player that I think he was hurt some of his junior year, and I like the fact he plays extremely hard and he’s a big athlete.” read more