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. As of August 2018, 75 countries were party to the convention, 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

ballast water treatment equipment
24 Sep 2018
Fairplay looks at how shipowners have been and continue to be affected by the Ballast Water Management Convention.
NYK – Sunrui  signing ceremony
24 Jul 2018
The number of ships involved makes this the single largest order for ballast water management systems received by any manufacturer.
CMA CGM Otello
18 Jul 2018
French water treatment specialist BIO-UV Group, which specialises in the use of ultra violet light for water disinfection purposes, has secured the order for 17 systems
US President Donald Trump
17 Jul 2018
The White House’ Office of Management and Budget received 60 comments on ways to streamline and reduce US maritime regulatory burdens.
 Alfa Laval’s PureBallast ballast-water management treatment system.
01 May 2018
Increasing and often confusing environmental regulation had led shipowners to delay making costly decisions on investing in ballast water treatment systems.  
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.


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.