The British statesman Winston Churchill once said, “This is not the end, nor is it the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning”. The same might be said for where the world of shipping now stands in relation to the Ballast Water treatment saga.
We now know when the last of the retrofits to existing vessels should take place and we know that there is now a new IMO type-approval process that will soon apply. We also know that the rules in the US are likely to change and that there are now 15 systems with USCG type approval.
However, with the ballast convention coming into full effect over the next five years, the attention moves to the experience building stage where the forecast problems and pitfalls will most likely begin to show.
This edition of the ShipInsight Ballast Guide, looks at the recent regulatory changes at the IMO and in the US, what shipowners will need to consider when looking at systems and how they might demonstrate their best efforts at compliance.