The major shipyard nations, Korea, Japan and China, are in the strongest position when the rules for the installation of ballast water systems comes into effect and a market of up to 70,000 ships will be open for the manufacturers. The Asian companies have developed 14 out of 25 IMO-certified systems for the cleaning of ballast water while companies from European countries account for 10 systems and South Africa for one, according to the IMO register of certified ballast water systems. The picture is the same when looking at the register of the systems for ballast water cleaning having received the IMO basic approval and which may expect to receive a certification. 37 systems have been awarded with the basic approval. Of the 37 systems, 23 are of Asian origin, 13, are European and the last one is from South Africa.
The Danish company, Desmi Ocean Guard’s system for cleaning ballast water has received the basic approval and is expected to become fully certified during this autumn. Another Danish system, the one from Bawat, is undergoing different tests and is expected to be approved during the third quarter next year. Furthermore, a Danish supplier, Vestergaard Marine Service – is selling the Greek system Erma First.