Delay in Ballast Water Treatment Systems' Implementation

In our previous post regarding Ballast Water Treatment Advisory, we touched briefly on the harmful effects of Ballast Water Exchange (BWE) and how the international community is taking steps to control the situation. Here are the latest updates:

With just less than 2 months to go before the 8th of September 2017 deadline, The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) reached a highly anticipated compromise agreement on the implementation dates for the Ballast Water Treatment Systems (BWTS) - to be delayed for 2 years until 8th of September 2019.

The MEPC held its 71st session from July 3 to 7, 2017 and approved a resolution containing a revised implementation scheme for ships to comply with the D-2 biological standard under the Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. It also retained the link to a ship’s International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate (IOPPC).

A typical view from the deck of a Bulk Carrier

A typical view from the deck of a Bulk Carrier

Figure credited to official MEPC 71 Brief distributed by The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

Figure credited to official MEPC 71 Brief distributed by The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

In other words, together with the five-year IOPP certification, some vessel owners have up to 7 years (up to 2024) to comply with the BWTS implementation. Some say it is a step backwards since the International Convention for the Control and Management of BWM convention was set up 13 years ago in 2004, some lauded the decision as it will give owners and operators more breathing space to choose and retrofit their BWTS.

Nonetheless, here in Aries Geomatics, we are satisfied that this announcement seems to be final and no more delays can be made; the ultimate loser would only be ourselves as we know there are no positive outcomes from damaging the environment. We are also convinced that the extended time will aid shipowners, manufacturers and engineering companies to get their systems approved and working accordingly.

With 3D laser scanning of more than 30 Bulk Carriers under our belt, Aries Geomatics has proved that usage of 3D laser scanning save time and money, yet increase on convenience and scale.

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