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 53.4%. 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.
26 Jan 2017
Shipowners that want to trade in the United States may have more than three ballast water equipment vendors to choose from by as early as April.
Washing, DC, lawyer Jeanne Grasso
03 Jan 2017
With three US type-approved ballast water systems now available, shipowners must now delve deeper into the details to verify which, if any, could make a good investment for their ships.
Image of an Alfa Laval ballast water system
28 Dec 2016
Alfa Laval is the second company to secure approval from the USCG for a ballast water system
12 Dec 2016
Containerships of less than 2,999 teu will be most susceptible to early scrapping once the Ballast Water Management Convention goes into force next year, according to investment bank JP Morgan.
12 Dec 2016
A last-ditch effort in the US to pass a bill that would have kept individual states from adopting tighter ballast water discharge standards has been unsuccessful.


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.