ICS Urges IMO to Finalize Ballast Water Implementation Dates

The global shipping industry is urging the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to back a proposal to push back the implementation dates for installing new ballast water treatment systems on ships by two years to 2024, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage, said on Monday. “If this … [Read more...]

Shipping On Right Course for the Ballast Water Management Convention

By Peter Hinchliffe, Secretary General, International Chamber of Shipping The Ballast Water Management Convention (the Convention), aimed at establishing standards and procedures to prevent the spread of aquatic organisms, enters into force and takes effect on 8 September this year. While it represents a significant environmental milestone for our planet, the Convention also … [Read more...]

U.S. Coast Guard Issues First Ballast Water Management System Type-Approval Certificate

The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center today issued the first U.S.C.G. Ballast Water Management System Type Approval Certificate to Norwegian manufacturer Optimarin AS after a detailed review of the type approval application determined the system met the requirements of 46 CFR 162.060. The Optimarin Ballast System is a filtration/ultraviolet ballast water management … [Read more...]

Showing Shipowners the Way on Ballast Water

With entry into force of the IMO Ballast Water Convention now set for September 2017, owners have been calling on a Finnish naval architecture and marine engineering firm to provide an independent assessment of their ballast water management system retrofit options The addition of signatures to the 2004 International Convention for the Control and Management of … [Read more...]

‘Landmark’ Ballast Water Management Regulations Set to Enter Into Force

Long-awaited international regulations meant to combat the spread of potentially invasive aquatic species in ships' ballast are set to enter into force in September 2017, the International Maritime Organization announced Thursday. The new regulations, known as the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, or simply the … [Read more...]