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.
Image of ballast inspection.
05 Dec 2016
The availability of a US-type approved ballast water management system means vessel operators must be more diligent in proving they are still unable to comply with US regulations.
02 Dec 2016
A milestone for ballast water equipment compliance was reached on 2 December when regulators certified equipment for shipowners trading in the United States.
17 Nov 2016
Tanker scrapping will accelerate in the next several years as a result of a new deadline for meeting the IMO’s ballast water regulations, according to Drewry.
19 Oct 2016
The US Coast Guard has asked three ballast water equipment manufacturers to submit additional information to their pending applications which will likely delay a US type-approved system long-awaited by shipowners.
Ships older than 15 years are more likely to be scrapped.
10 Oct 2016
Shipowners already facing the worst-ever dry-bulk market face fresh headaches when new ballast water regulations come into force next September.


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.