RINA Group Delivers Ballast Water Management Guidance
The BWM Convention imposes a challenging ballast water discharge standard. In response to this, a number of technologies have been developed and commercialized by different manufacturers. These systems have to be tested and approved in accordance with the relevant IMO Guidelines.
In addition to the IMO, other national bodies have introduced regulations in response to national concerns. The most influential of these is the United States Coast Guard (USCG), which has established both regulations and guidelines to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic nuisance species into US waters.
The US and IMO BWM Convention requirements impose technical and operational challenges on shipowners, shipyards and equipment manufacturers.
RINA’s Technical Bulletin “Ballast Water Convention and Ballast Water Treatment Systems Guidance on procurement, installation, operation and certification” gives an overview of the BWM Convention and US requirements and provides detailed information on the implementation dates for both of them, taking into account the USCG official interpretations and clarifications. An extensive part of the Bulletin guides owners and operators in preparing for this implementation, including what to consider when selecting, procuring and installing a ballast water treatment system in order to ensure compliance with the applicable rules and interpretations.