Tripartite meeting highlights ballast water management concerns

Tripartite meeting highlights ballast water management concerns

Shipping is still a long way from comfortable with impending ballast water management legislation, according to minutes just released from the annual tripartite meeting between shipowners, shipbuilders and classification societies.

This year’s industry roundtable was held in Seoul 10 days ago. According to a release sent out today participants at the event expressed concern with the likelihood that the Ballast Water Management Convention could enter into force very shortly.

“Today, more than 11 years after the adoption of the treaty text, there is still little confidence in the capability of type approved equipment to perform satisfactorily under operational conditions.  Concerns are significantly heightened by the lack of type approved equipment in the US to meet the national regulation already in force. This leaves owners and shipyards unable to make long-term investment and planning decisions,” the release from the tripartite discussions stated.

“Complex regulatory regimes and timelines in combination with untested and developing technologies had the potential to introduce new technical risks which needed to be addressed,” it added.

 

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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