Conference provides platform to explore future BWMC evolution

Paul Gunton

Paul Gunton · 03 December 2019


Ballast water management technology and regulation may seem to have reached their final phase when amendments covering the timetable to phase in the D2 treatment standard entered into force on 13 October. Now we wait for the eventual outcome of the Experience Building Phase (EBP) that was agreed by MEPC 71 in July 2017 and set out in resolution MEPC.290(71).

The plan was that this would start gathering feedback from the date the Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) entered into force on 8 September 2017 and a dedicated area was established in IMO’s Global Integrated Information System (GSIS) in December 2018. When ShipInsight reported from MEPC 74 in May 2019, however, no data had then been submitted, although some member states were planning to do so. We also reported an underwhelming response at that time for member states to provide funds to analyse any data that was submitted.

This is the data and information that will be used to develop the BWMS in the future, so the second ShipInsight conference on 26-27 February 2020, titled A Global Transition, will provide a timely platform to consider what this EBP will deliver.

A panel of experts on Day 1 of the event will explore some of the possible outcomes from the EBP and what they could mean for shipowners, operators and manufacturers. In a discussion-led format, they will be guided by points made and questions asked by delegates during the session.

Other topics that will be raised may include discussions around the future evolution of the equipment market. The number of systems available has been growing steadily over the years as manufacturers hope to cash in on the initial retrofit market but it has often been suggested that the long-term demand will support only a fraction of those.

When will that shakeout start and what will be the implications of it? And how many will have USCG approval at that time? There are currently 24 USCG type-approved systems with 10 more pending; is that enough to meet demand? Come and share your thoughts on this and other topics at the ShipInsight conference.

• The second ShipInsight annual conference will be held in London on 26-27 February 2020 in a venue close to IMO’s headquarters. Programme details will be updated as panellists are confirmed. Day 1 will focus on fuel choices and other technical topics; Day 2 on communications, navigation, digitalisation and future technologies.

To make the conference particularly relevant, it will be possible to book for either or both days. Bookings are being taken now and ShipInsight readers should reserve their places online to be sure of taking part in the second ShipInsight annual conference.

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