Intertanko Welcomes IMO Resolution on Ballast Water Management

Posted by Michelle Howard
Thursday, December 05, 2013

Intertanko welcomes the agreement reached this week by the IMO’s Member States in revising the implementation schedule for the Ballast Water Management Convention and urges all Governments to adhere to this new schedule.
 


The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) governing body, the Assembly, adopted a Resolution  in London that pins the application dates of the Ballast Water Management Convention to the entry into force date. This in effect makes all vessels constructed before the entry into force date ‘existing’ vessels, and allows for the installation of a ballast water management system (BWMS) on such vessels at the first renewal survey following entry into force. At present 38 countries representing 30.3% of the world’s registered tonnage have ratified the Convention. The Convention will enter into force 12 months after the ratification by more than 35 countries representing more than 35% of the world’s tonnage.



The adoption of this Assembly Resolution is a major step in making the implementation of the international Convention workable once it comes into force. In 2012, Intertanko had led the submission of a paper to the IMO’s Marine Environment and Protection Committee (MEPC), drawing the attention of the IMO’s Member States to potential problems of implementing the requirements of the Convention. Many of the implementation dates originally written in the Convention have already passed, and in particular the period for installation would be extremely short, with several thousand ships a year needing to install ballast water management systems. A proposal to review and revise the implementation schedule was provided in the Intertanko-led paper and accepted by the countries represented at the MEPC meeting.



Intertanko's Managing Director, Ms. Katharina Stanzel, comments, “The Resolution provides the industry with a practical and clear implementation process and Intertanko  urges all Member States to adhere to this new schedule.”
 


Intertanko’s Senior Manager – Environment, Tim Wilkins adds, “We welcome this very positive development and look forward to making sure the type approval process for ballast water management systems provides ship owners with reliable equipment.”

 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

MHI to Change Name of Group Company

Effective November 1 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) will change the name of its group company in Singapore from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering & Services Private Ltd.

Petrobras P-66 Platform Module to Boost Production

The P-66 platform’s first modules, built at the Tomé Ferrostaal Consortium’s Module Plant located at the Port of Maceió, Alagoas, are now ready and loaded on the São Tomé barge.

Exmar Optimistic About Gas Carrier Market into 2015

Belgian gas shipping group Exmar said on Thursday that the market for its very large and midsize gas carriers was at historically high levels in the third quarter

News

USCG Cutter Diligence Returns

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington following a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. While on patrol, Diligence served as the

Southern California Port Congestion

Hapag-Lloyd informs about the congestion at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that has reached a critical point. I. Several container ships are anchoring

GAC Starts Green Hull Cleaning Operations in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

Marine Equipment

USCG Cutter Diligence Returns

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington following a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. While on patrol, Diligence served as the

GAC Starts Green Hull Cleaning Operations in Oman

Oman’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs has granted GAC EnvironHull permission to conduct underwater hull cleaning operations using the brush-and-diver-free

Ensco plc Reports 3Q, 2014 Results

Ensco plc  today reported earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.93 in third quarter 2014, up 16% from $1.66 in third quarter 2013. Adjusted for a $0.

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | 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: 0.3999 sec (3 req/sec)