Ballast Water: Countdown to 8 September
The Ballast Water Convention will come into force on 8 September 2017, some 13 years after it was adopted at the IMO. The convention seeks to stop the spread of harmful aquatic organisms from one region to another via a ship's ballast water. New Zealand, the most recent party to ratify the treaty (on 9 January), has brought the proportion of global shipping tonnage covered by the treaty to 53.3%. Given that more than 40,000 ships will have to install ballast water treatment systems, shipowners and operators want insight into the cost and operational implications of complying with the convention.