IMO provides clarity on ballast water convention

The IMO has made progress in two important aspects related to ballast water ahead of the convention coming into force in September next year. This brings clarity to shipowners and suppliers.

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The IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) made progress on two important aspects relating to ballast water at the committee's 70th meeting last week, aimed reaching decisions on critical issues such as sulfur regulations and CO2 reductions.

The first point of progress was the adoption of certain guidelines for ballast water management systems, the G8 guidelines. These guidelines have now been passed and will become code in 2019, which means they will constitute a mandatory set of requirements instead of merely guidelines. This is crucial in light of the ballast water convention coming into force in September 2017.

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