It's a terrible shame and very disturbing that the IMO's environmental committee MEPC last week agreed on a proposal to change the requirements for the implementation of ballast water cleaning systems, says Desmi Ocean Guard CEO Rasmus Folsø, who spearheaded the development of the OxyClean Ballast Water Treatment System.
"We're worried. We find it somewhat strange that the implementation decision has now again been postponed indefinitely. The consequences for us will be massive. Even though it's difficult to predict how our sales would have developed, and thus what kind of market we now stand to lose, it's clear that we're losing business now that shipowners aren't facing requirements forcing them to install the systems," says Rasmus Folsø to ShippingWatch.