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.
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.
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


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.