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BALLAST WATER TREATMENT – Type approvals and functionality may tip scales

Tuesday, 01 Sep 2015

Featured article from Ship&Offshore GreenTech-Special 2015

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The shipping industry is poised for the Ballast Water Management Convention’s imminent entry into force and the rush of orders for ballast water treatment systems sure to follow. Type approvals and functionality will likely be decisive selling points. Eventually, the market will determine which systems work and survive, writes Klaus Dammann, head of sales for ballast water treatment systems at Zeppelin Power Systems, a leading provider of drive, propulsion, traction and energy systems.

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With India now moving towards ratification of the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships’ Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention), and Argentina, Indonesia and Italy having indicated their intent to do so too, there is no doubt that the convention will soon have sufficient ratifications to enter into force, expected as early as 2016. This was also the consensus at the 68th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 68) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in May.

So far 44 states, representing a combined tonnage of 32.86% out of the required 35% of the world’s merchant fleet, have already ratified the convention.

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