The Ballast Water Management Convention (BWMC) entered into force on 8 September 2017. This means that an estimated 34,000 ships above 400 gross register tonnes (GRT) will be required to install a type-approved ballast water treatment system at their next mandatory International Oil Pollution Prevention (IOPP) survey to protect local ecosystems around the world.
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For existing ships this would be the first or second five-year renewal survey after 8 September 2017:
For more information please visit the IMO Website.
The revised guidelines require among other things:
Systems must now also demonstrate compliance over a temperature range. Such testing does not need to be based on land or shipboard testing, but can be a bench scale evaluation.
The approval procedures for ballast water management systems (BWMS) comprise among others:
type-approval process expansion, with detailed requirements for land-based, shipboard, and other tests.
Both BWMS technologies are currently undergoing full USCG Testing programs in line with the regulations, with published timescales to complete during 2017. For more specific information on the testing completed to date, please contact the team below.
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