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

Capitol Hill
19 Nov 2018
Passage of the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act (VIDA) likely occur before the end of 2018.
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.
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.


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.