With the next IMO meeting to discuss the Ballast Water Management Convention convening in May there is a possibility that ratification will occur before Nor-Shipping the following month. The dust will not have had a chance to settle before the Ocean Industry Podium session Time to act: the remaining barriers to BWM Convention compliance and alternative options takes place. Potentially, one not to miss, so diarise the event now!
Despite continuing progress by the IMO and Member States, barriers to compliance remain, and serious issues regarding type approval, sampling, testing and enforcement in the implementation process still need to be addressed. With the regulatory clock ticking, shipowners need answers on these issues before choosing and installing the most cost effective technology best suited to their ship types and operating areas, or before considering other practical options. Through case studies offering system operational feedback, this session will provide a snapshot of what partnership program for retrofit installation and life support – and alternative means of compliance, including barge-borne or shoreside port reception facilities – have to offer beleaguered shipowners, particularly those requiring more stringent regulation compliance in US waters.
These outstanding issues were highlighted in a recent Seatrade article on the Martecma summit in Athens and could be even more relevant come June