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ICS calls on the IMO ahead of ballast water meeting

The International Chamber of Shipping demands certainty about approved ballast water treatment systems ahead of crucial IMO meeting in approximately three weeks.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) calls on governments to postpone the impending requirements for ballast water treatment systems on ships in the international commercial fleet until there is complete certainty regarding global system approval.

The organization refers to the lack of and need for uniform approvals of the expensive equipment as well as uncertainties regarding the criteria used by various authorities when performing port state controls. But so far a majority of the countries seem to disregard the shipping industry's pleas, said ICS Vice Chairman Esben Poulsen at a conference in Singapore on Wednesday.

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