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. Greece, the most recent party to ratify the treaty (on 26 June), brought the number of countries party to the convention to 60, representing 68.46% 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

Kitack Lim (left) and Arsenio Dominguez
10 Jul 2017
Not all shipowners will be able to take advantage of ballast water implementation delays approved at MEPC 71 as the change also frustrates shipyard groups.
21 Feb 2017
Regulations to reduce air pollution and eliminate invasive species in ballast water could remove enough tanker capacity to boost rates by 2018, according to McQuilling Services.
01 Feb 2017
West Coast marine terminals are trying to defeat state-driven efforts at new ballast water fees that terminals and vessel owners say impede their ability to compete.
26 Jan 2017
Shipowners that want to trade in the United States may have more than three ballast water equipment vendors to choose from by as early as April.
Washing, DC, lawyer Jeanne Grasso
03 Jan 2017
With three US type-approved ballast water systems now available, shipowners must now delve deeper into the details to verify which, if any, could make a good investment for their ships.
Image of an Alfa Laval ballast water system
28 Dec 2016
Alfa Laval is the second company to secure approval from the USCG for a ballast water system


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.