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. Saudi Arabia, the most recent party to ratify the treaty (on 27 April), has brought the proportion of global shipping tonnage covered by the treaty to 53.67%. 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

Ballast water tank
17 May 2017
Criticism of the ballast water management convention is unfounded.
04 May 2017
Cuts to the US Coast Guard budget could affect oversight of current and future laboratories under the agency's ballast water equipment testing regime.
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.


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.