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.

News & Analysis

Jeff Lantz
24 Mar 2017
A recent update to the US Coast Guard's vessel extension list shows that the agency is holding firm on policy guidance meant to incentivise shipowners to invest in ballast water equipment.
10 Mar 2017
Just six months remain until the IMO's Ballast Water management Convention comes into force, and dry bulk owners are getting nervous.
USCG's Paul Thomas
06 Mar 2017
Misunderstanding by shipowners of previously issued guidance by US regulators on ballast water equipment has led to a new directive outlining a strict policy on obtaining extensions to compliance.
22 Feb 2017
Ships trading in the United States risk penalties similar to those facing a German shipowner for violating American ballast water regulations, P&I insurer Standard Club has warned.
21 Feb 2017
Regulations to reduce air pollution and eliminate invasive species in ballast water could remove enough tanker capacity to boost rates by 2018, according to McQuilling Services.
01 Feb 2017
West Coast marine terminals are trying to defeat state-driven efforts at new ballast water fees that terminals and vessel owners say impede their ability to compete.


With the clock ticking on the ballast water management convention coming into force, it is to be wondered how many states now have reservations about its acceptance.