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Shipowners: Ballast water deadline unrealistic

The Danish Shipowners’ Association is carrying out a study of the number of Danish ships with ballast water treatment equipment installed. The association does not think that the convention can take effect in 2014.

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The Danish Maritime Authority has asked the Danish Shipowners’ Association to clarify how many Danish ships have installed equipment for the treatment of ballast water in order to be able to live up to the IMO convention on ballast water which is to come into force in 2014.

“Completely as expected, only a very limited number of ships built after 2009 have had the equipment installed. This is simply caused by the insecurity on future demands both when it comes to the concrete content, the date of the coming into force and the quality of accessible equipment”, Head of Division, Peter Olsen says in a press release.

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