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
04 Jul 2017
The Marine Environment Protection Committee is set to extend the compliance deadline for existing vessels by two years, to 8 September 2019.
Arsenio Dominguez of Panama
30 Jun 2017
Proposals on ballast water treatment system implementation and shipping's carbon emissions reduction strategy will be at the top of MEPC 71's list of considerations next week in London. 
Craig Patrick, sales director of ballast water management systems at Wartsila
14 Jun 2017
Wartsila supporting clients to comply with impending regulations as it waits for USCG approval for both its ultraviolet and electrochemical systems.
08 Jun 2017
Australia was instrumental in the drafting of the new ballast water convention and is the latest country to ratify the regulations.
Ballast water tank
17 May 2017
Criticism of the ballast water management convention is unfounded.


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.