From The Maritime Executive. Published April 18, 2016.
IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) is meeting for its 69th session this week. One of the key items on the agenda for BIMCO is the implementation of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments. In particular, the finalization of the revision of the guidelines for approval of ballast water treatment systems (G8) which the organization says are not yet adequate for IMO approved ballast water treatment systems to consistently meet the requirements of the Ballast Water Convention.
Lars Robert Pedersen, BIMCO’s Deputy Secretary General, says: “The shipping industry needs reliable ballast water treatment systems that are fit for global use. Presently, IMO approved systems may not always live up to the required standards under real operating conditions on board ships.”