Ballast Water Regulations and the Cost of Compliance

The Ballast Water Convention came into force on 8 September 2017, some 13 years after it was adopted at the IMO. The convention is aimed at stopping the spread of harmful aquatic organisms transferred in a vessel's ballast water. Lithuania, the most recent ratifier of the treaty (on 9 February 2018), brought the number of countries party to the convention to 69, representing more than 75% of global shipping tonnage. 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

Eco Marine Power's EnergySail design
29 Mar 2018
As owners and operators look for ways to comply with upcoming carbon emission regulations, Eco Marine Power continues to develop technology using wind and solar energy that can aid vessels both at sea and in port.
INTERTANKO's Katharina Stanzel
23 Mar 2018
Shipping hits a crisis point as ballast water enforcement by the US Coast Guard clashes with shipowners struggling with equipment breakdowns.
Ballast water discharge.
05 Mar 2018
Bawat uses recognised technology to create a system that uses waste heat from the main engine to heat ballast water to between 64 and 72°C using the established process of pasteurisation to cleanse all organisms.
Mario Tamburri (left) and Paul Thomas
07 Dec 2017
The US Coast Guard is continuing to evaluate strength of ballast water equipment testing protocols in wake of testing lab shutdown. 
John Nadeau
01 Dec 2017
Shipowners will be required to show proof of contingency plans if their ballast water equipment breaks down in US waters.
Coldharbour Marine CEO Andrew Marshall
11 Oct 2017
Coldharbour Marine’s CEO Andrew Marshall is not shy of providing his opinions on all things ballast water-related.


Power wielded by government regulators over the environmental issues to be discussed at MEPC 71 will be justified if shipowner investments can tackle the problems.