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.
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.
Oceansaver ballast
15 Sep 2017
The company was said to have had a number of challenges, particularly production costs.
07 Sep 2017
Shipowners had to raise their ballast water management compliance game from 8 September to avoid delays at 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.