The Ballast Water Guide

Published 10 Jul 2020
The Ballast Water Guide

With a little over four months to go before regulatory changes to the 2004 ballast water convention type-approval process mean that several ballast treatment systems will become obsolete, ShipInsight has published a new mini-guide detailing the rules changes and system status.

Until 27 October 2020 a ship operator may fit any IMO approved ballast treatment system to his ship, but after that date only systems approved to the new standard are permitted to be installed. The requirement does not mean that old systems fitted prior to the new deadline need to be upgraded in any way.

Ballast treatment system makers have been rushing to get the new IMO type approval for their products but through to the end of March 2020 in readiness for the postponed MEPC 75, less than a quarter of previously approved systems had been successful in gaining the new type approvals.

The USCG has now approved more than 30 systems for use in US waters but not all of these are permitted to be installed on US flagged vessels because of the Jones Act. The systems approved by the US cover now exceed IMO type-approvals.

The new ShipInsight guide carries details of all systems approved by the US and those with revised IMO G8 type-approval allowing owners needing to install systems to discover what products are available.

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