Danish ship owners: American rules may force ships out of U.S. ports

The American Coast Guard is now stipulating stricter requirements for the cleaning of wastewater, but the Danish Shipowners’ Association warns against the implementation of special rules that could lower the flexibility of ships.

Ships might ultimately be forced to avoid American ports because they can’t live up to the new sharpened requirements for the cleaning of wastewater, says Jan Frits Hansen, vice president of the Danish Shipowners’ Association.

”It is important that we define a common, international standard for the cleaning of ballast water, to make it clear what cleaning systems must be installed on the ships for them to fulfill the requirements. If you start introducing special rules now, it wil lower the flexibility of the ships, and it might become too expensive to use American ports,” says Jan Fritz Hansen.

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