IMO listens to carriers' ballast water pleas

"Don't punish us." This plea has been repeated numerous times to the IMO from carriers and suppliers in relation to ballast water. On Tuesday, the IMO took note of this with the decision to ensure that first movers on the technology will not be punished. 

Tyrkiet ratificerer ballastvandkonventionen på MEPC-mødet i dag | Photo: IMO

On Tuesday at the meeting of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee, MEPC, a new development looks set to make one major concern for carriers and suppliers significantly smaller.

In recent years, both parties have been concerned that the carriers and suppliers that are at more advanced stages of the process related to ballast water treatment would be caught and take a hit from the fact that the convention has yet to be implemented. For instance carriers such as Maersk that have already installed ballast water treatment systems, and suppliers such as Desmi Ocean Guard and Alfa Laval who have secured IMO type approval for their systems. In this regard there was a risk of hurting first movers in the industry, the various parties said.

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