Intertanko Applauds IMO Progress on Ballast Water Management

MarineLink.com
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In line with the Intertanko-led joint proposal last year, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has agreed to a rescheduling of the International Ballast Water Management Convention implementation dates, which will smooth the installation scheduling for ships installing ballast water management systems (BWMS), a trial period for port state control and new guidance on BWMS type approvals.

Katharina Stanzel, Intertanko Managing Director, said, “Intertanko applauds the progress made last week by the IMO’s MEPC on the challenges of implementing the Ballast Water Management Convention, specifically related to the implementation schedule, port state control and improved transparency of ballast water equipment capabilities.”

At its 65th session, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 65) of IMO approved a draft Assembly resolution which recommends that ships not be required to install a BWMS until its first renewal survey after entry into force of the BWM Convention.

“This revised schedule is more logically pinned to the entry into force date of the Ballast Water Convention and allows for the installation of the ballast water treatment system to be undertaken at the first renewal survey after entry into force”, explained Intertanko’s Senior Manager – Environment, Tim Wilkins.

While the actual IMO Resolution in which the revised schedule is detailed still has to be formally adopted by the IMO’s Assembly when it meets in November this year, it is largely understood that this final draft is likely to be unchanged.

MEPC 65 also adopted a circular to initiate a trial period for the sampling and testing of ballast water by port state control, during which port state control will refrain from detaining a ship or taking criminal sanctions in the event that a BWMS does not meet the discharge. “This will allow time for PSC to determine which sampling and testing techniques work in practice and importantly will also allow the industry to identify any compliance problems associated with the operation of type approved BWMS,” said Wilkins.

The third development relates to increasing the transparency of the Type Approval process and the adoption of amendments to both the Type Approval certification documents as well as the guidance to Administrations on the Type Approval process. Wilkins commented that, “with these amendments accepted the revised documents will mean more information is provided to the industry and the owners on the capabilities of the BWMS as well as the ranges and limiting conditions in which the BWMS can operate”.

The BWM Convention will enter into force 12 months after 30 countries representing 35% of the world’s tonnage have ratified it. At present, 36 countries representing 29.07% of the world’s tonnage have ratified the BWM Convention. 

www.intertanko.com


People & Company News

Japanese Yards Mull Shipbuilding Alliance

Four major Japanese shipbuilders are in discussions to form an alliance in hopes of riding out the industry slump.   Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) announced

MN100: Scienco/FAST

The Company: Scienco/FAST is an original equipment manufacturer specializing in marine sewage devices, environmentally-friendly cleaners and other industrial water management technologies.

MN100: MOPS Marine License Insurance

The Company: Since 1935, MOPS Marine License Insurance has defended the USCG licenses of mariners operating in every maritime sector in the United States. Its network of over 80 maritime law firms,

Ballast Water Treatment

Damen, Evoqua Team for Innovative BWTS Solution

Two innovators in delivering unique solutions for the maritime sector, Damen Green Solutions and Evoqua Water Technologies will launch the DAMEN BALCON EC 1500

Fednav Welcomes Innovative Ballast System at Indiana Port

Fednav Limited, the largest international bulk shipowner in Canada, welcomed to the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou, one of seven new oceangoing

Fednav's New Bulker Features High-tech BWT System

Fednav Limited,  an  international bulk shipowner in Canada, has welcomed to the Port of Indiana – Burns Harbor, the Federal Caribou, one of seven new oceangoing

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0862 sec (12 req/sec)