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 October 2018, 79 countries have ratified the convention, representing more than 80% 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

29 Oct 2018
A tougher US extension policy and slow retrofit uptake is adding to ballast-water compliance costs
ballast water being expelled
05 Jul 2016
With full USCG type approval expected in the third quarter, Optimarin believe that the end of USCG approval testing will mark an important evolutionary step for its business
Teresa Lloyd, CEO of Maritime Industry Australia Limited
13 Jun 2016
Australia will roll out a ballast water system under its new Biosecurity Act.
25 May 2016
Bunker tanker owners could avoid purchasing millions of dollars worth of equipment if the IMO expands the scope of exemptions within the Ballast Water Management Convention, a major lobbying group asserts.
 Jan Tilman (Van Oord), Isabel van der Star, and Dr Marcel Veldhuis (MEA-nl). Credit: Bert Visser
24 May 2016
For smaller vessels, the cost and space requirements for an infrequently used ballast water management system are not economically justifiable. Now Van Oord and Marine Eco Analytics (MEA-nl) have claimed a breakthrough by creating a system addressing those issues and they believe it could have industry-wide impact.
Ballast water organisms.
03 May 2016
A delay between treatment and discharge can allow for the regrowth of organisms and could result in a vessel failing the Port State Control test.

Commentary

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.