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IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention is postponed for two years (updated: 31 July 2017)
A few weeks ago IMO decided that vessels have two more years to meet with the D2 standard. The Convention would actually enter into force on 8 September 2017, but IMO decided to postpone the inauguration for two years. This means that it will take two more years until the increase of Ballast Water Treatment Systems and the installation of this will take place. However, the date when ships have to comply with the D1 standard stays the same: 8 September 2017.
Ships that have to renew their IOPP certificate have to meet with the D2 standard on 8 September 2019. The D2 standard consist of requirements to dispose the ballast water. To meet with the demands ships have to treat their ballast water on board or deposit it in the port. Lots of vessels will install a Ballast Water Treatment System from the moment they have to meet the D2 standard. An IOPP certificate has to be renewed every five years. This means that all ships have to comply with the D2 standard between 8 September 2019 and 8 September 2024. This only goes for existing vessels. New build ships that will be produced after 8 September 2017 have to meet with the D2 standard immediately.
Find more information about the possibilities of the renewing of the IOPP certificate on: www.dnvgl.com
Ballast Water Management treaty ratifications boost (updated: 28 June 2017)
IMO’s Ballast Water Management Convention is designed to counter the threat to marine ecosystems by potentially invasive species transported in ships’ ballast water. Last week four more States have become Party to the Convention.
On 8 June the Bahamas deposited its instrument of accession and Singapore followed accession on the same date. Ratification by Australia on 7 June, accession by United Arab Emirates on 6 June and Saudi Arabia became a Party in April. This brings the total of States party to the BWM Convention to 59, which is 65.18 % of the world’s merchant fleet tonnage.
In the diagram you can see a few statics about this issue. For example: 7,000 species are transferred in ballast water every hour per day and one invasion takes place every nine weeks. These numbers have a huge effect on the environment.