Ballast water regulations eased for local shipping

At this week's meeting of the IMO's environmental committee in London, discussions clarified how ships sailing in national waters - and which only enter international waters from time to time - should relate to the ballast water convention.

A classic example is an offshore vessel working to install offshore windmills in Danish oil regions, operating out of Esbjerg, Denmark. As it looks now, a vessel like that would be exempted from complying with the rules of the ballast water convention. The question then becomes, what happens if the ship has to sail beyond the Danish oil regions? This matter has been discussed at this weeks meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, in London.

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