The IMarEST is delighted to announce the new co-chairs of its Ballast Water Special Interest Group; Marcie M Merksamer and Kevin J Reynolds.
Ms. Merksamer is Vice President of EnviroManagement, Inc., an environmental services and consulting company she co-founded in 2002. Marcie has focused on aquatic invasive species and ballast water management issues for 16 years. She assists shipowners with compliance and guides ballast water treatment technology manufacturers through international approvals. As a business owner and biologist with shipboard experience, she understands the practical realities of managing ballast water and the scientific challenges of treatment system testing and approval. Her goal is to facilitate productive working relationships between scientists, technology developers, industry and regulatory stakeholders. She is an IMarEST Fellow and on the committee of the Ballast Water Management SIG.
Kevin Reynolds is a marine engineering principal at Glosten, a Seattle-based naval architecture firm. For the past 15 years, he has led Glosten’s marine environmental engineering and ballast water management efforts. This work includes shipboard integration of treatment systems ranging from small fresh water vessels to ocean going oil tankers. He led the design and construction of two ballast water treatment system test facilities, and has helped numerous equipment manufactures successfully prototype, trial, and marinize their technologies. A graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy, he holds an Unlimited Chief Engineer merchant mariner license, served aboard fourteen different ocean going vessels, and worked as a shipyard new construction project engineer. He is an IMarEST Fellow, on the committee of the Ballast Water Management SIG, and provides advisory support to Washington State, California, US Environmental Protection Agency, and US Coast Guard.
The new co-chairs and members of the Ballast Water Management SIG and of the IMarEST Executive are extremely grateful for the hard work and commitment shown to the group by its founding Chairs, Tom Mackey and David Wright, and are very pleased that both will be staying in the group to support the transition period.
The SIG is working to educate and inform the maritime community with regards to pending international legislation regarding the 2004 IMO Ballast Water Management Convention and its implications for world shipping. The group aims to engage port States, flag administrations, ship-owners, ballast water treatment system manufacturers, classification societies, those involved in sampling, monitoring and compliance as well as other stakeholders.
The SIG serves as a forum for disseminating objective information for regulators charged with administering and enforcing the BWM Convention and to provide the Institute’s expertise and advice to governments and national, regional and international organizations seeking consultation on ballast water issues. It will address priority engineering, science and technology concerns relating to invasive species and ballast water management.
You can see more information on the group here or email to get more involved.