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.
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.
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.


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.