US obstacle for ballast water will be gone by November

The last bump on the road for producers of ballast water management systems could be cleared away by November, as the US Coast Guard will likely be ready to approve systems by this point. Norwegian supplier expects to bag the first approval.

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The lack of US type approval for ballast water management systems was the fly in the ointment when the IMO recently announced that the ballast water convention will come into force in September next year.

But this fly now seems set to disappear, as the US will likely be ready to start type-approving systems by as early as November this year. This means that carriers operating in US waters will not need to worry about installing systems which are approved by the IMO but not the US. Instead, the development will bring clarity about which systems the US Coast Guard will be able to approve.

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